And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” (Luke 18:1-5)
How often do we overlook the incredible privilege of having access to the Almighty God of creation and being able to come to him with all of our cares and concerns through prayer?
Like the persistent widow, we've been given an open invitation to bother God with our prayers. Persistence in prayer from a heart that's pure pleases our Father in heaven and honors him as the Sovereign Authority over all things.
However, in our persistence, we must remember Who we are approaching and approach him with proper care. How many of us too often approach God too casually out of a false comfort of self-righteousness? Have we ever subtly assumed that we are entitled to God's ear because of our own goodness?
Our access to God never depends on our resume of righteousness, but rather access is granted on account of the resume of Christ. Christ is the required credential for entering into the presence of God.
May we approach God persistently with a humble confidence that recognizes the reason we are allowed to pray in the first place. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. May we cry out to our Father in heaven often and out of a heart that's clinging to his mercy.