Today marks one whole week of prayer. Some of you are reading this and celebrating the most consistent week of prayer you’ve experienced in your life. Congratulations, and Praise God! Some of you are reading day seven, but in realtime, this is actually day ten or twelve. You would love to say that you had a consistent week of praying twice a day, but the reality is, you haven’t. That happens to all of us, eventually. If it has happened to you, I have some great news. Jesus knew that praying would not be easy, and as He has a story, a parable, He wants you to hear. We find it in Luke 18.

1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 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? 8 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?

Luke 18:1-8 (NIV)

Do you see the similarity between this passage and the one found in Luke 11 after teaches His disciples to pray? It is all about persistence. The reason most of us don’t pray is simply that we give up. The whole reason told the disciples this parable, and they preserved it for us in the Gospel of Luke is so that we “should always pray and not give up.” Regardless of your track record this week, keep going. Don’t give up. Start again and again and again. God is listening, so keep praying!