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How crazy are your prayers?

A devotion on persistence

I love the parable in Luke 18. It portrays the importance of prayer for God’s blessings on his people. If we are to be the light in a world that doesn’t care, how should we manage the injustice and rejection?

“Yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!“ - Luke 18:5

The answer comes in a call to pray persistently without losing heart. It is another way to call for enduring faith.

How desperate do you want a blessing? 

The woman is persistent, a quality Jesus regards as exemplary. Remember, the judge in this story doesn’t fear God or even respect people. Jesus’ argument goes that if a judge, who has no respect for people, heard the cry of the widow, how much more (Matt. 7:11) will a compassionate God hear the cries of his people and answer their prayers? All the time! 

God answers crazy prayers  

Jesus answered the woman who drove a judge crazy because she wouldn’t stop “asking, seeking and knocking” (Matt. 7:7-8). God is still answering those who are willing to defy protocol with their bold prayers. God is still answering those who pray with audacity and tenacity. 

The judge finally gives up. In fact, he was tired of her persistence, so he acted. The Lord asks us to “listen to what the unjust judge says.” He calls us to reflect on his reaction to the persistent request of the woman. This reminds us to persist with our prayers as his children.

We need a new normal. Bold prayers and big dreams are normal. There is a pattern repeated in Scripture: crazy miracles are the offspring of crazy prayers. If we want to see God do crazy miracles, we need to pray crazy prayers. 

Written by Sergio Ramos, church engagement, institution and denomination initiatives officer for Buckner International.

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