Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: ‘In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, “Grant me justice against my adversary.” ‘For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, “Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!”’ And the Lord said, ‘Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?’
Do we pray with diligence? Do we pray carefully and consistently? For that matter do we do anything in our lives with consistency? Our culture is so wrapped up in immediate gratification we scarcely see diligence and determination. Those few who possess that trait often possess it primarily for the sake of achieving wealth or fame or prizes. But there are some, hopefully some in your life, which do possess diligence toward God and prayer. Find those people and learn from them. See how hard they work and how consistently they search for and pray to God and Jesus.
We must not only find good examples, but we must look into your own lives and see what we do with diligence. Are we consistently on social media? Do we always find the hour or thirty minutes to watch that TV show at night? Do we workout each day? How consistently do spend time with or serve God? Do we show love to our spouse day in and day out? Do we spend time with our children?
I am afraid we won’t like the answers to many of these questions. We may well find that we are extremely consistent in doing things that don’t really matter too much in the grand scheme and much more irregular in carving out time each day to do the things that really do matter, like prayer, or quality time with our spouse. It is all about actions, folks. Words can give an indication of character, but they mean nothing without the actions, the careful and persistent actions, to back them up eventually. — JT Cope IV