Luke 18:1-8

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Theme: Spiritual Discipline of Prayer 


Title: Prayer is Expected 


Text: Luke 18:1-5 (NLT) 


Introduction: (Parable of the Persistent Widow)

1 One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. 

  • Jesus begins this parable with a call to persist (to stay, to continue, to persevere) in prayer 
  • Not just simple insisting on pursuing one’s own requests, but to be faithful to the end 

“There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. 

A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ 

  • In those times widows were downgraded 
  • But who are put down are God’s special love and He cares for them 

The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, 

5 But this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”

Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. 




I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”



  • Despite the judge character, v2 he was force to give her justice, because of her insistence, determination, firmness, faithfulness 


  • Here is a lesson, if an evil judge or unjust judge would yield to a poor widow’s request 


  • How much more will our heavenly Father God respond to those who continually cry out to him 

Jesus expects us to pray 


  • Matt 6:5 “And when you pray” 
  • Matt 6:6 “But when you pray” 
  • Matt 6:7 “And when you pray” 
  • Luke 11:9 “And I tell you, ask, seek, knock” 


We need to become more faithful in prayer, knowing specifically that Jesus expected that of you and I.