Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, “There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, ‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’ For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, ‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.'” The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
For anyone who has ever lost (or thought they lost) their computer’s hard drive (or know of someone who has), you can understand the anxiety one feels when going through this ordeal. It’s especially stressful if that person never backed-up their hard drive and they have all kinds of important things that might be potentially lost forever (e.g. photos, music, documents, work stuff, etc.). This recently happened to someone I know very well and they were in a very unfortunate position. To make matters even more challenging, my Friend was under some tight work deadlines, out of town, away from home and their office, and in a remote location without a lot of technical support available nearby. What to do? Luke 18:1-8 is a great reminder of what to do in all situations. The widow in the parable had nobody to plead her case with the secular, agnostic, and dishonest judge, but she was Faithful in her approach and persistent in her resolve. The judge eventually concedes to the widow’s pleas due to her Prayerful persistence. You see, she knew that God, the Just Judge, would see her through and He would not only hear her Prayers, but He would also deliver her justice – both in this world and in the world to come. So, while we might not always get exactly what we’re asking for in our Prayers, as Believers, we will get God’s Justice and He will deliver to us what is best for us in His Eyes. God never wastes our pain, suffering, hard work, etc. in this world – that’s His Promise. So, in all things, but especially when we find ourselves in a “pickle” (tough spot), we need to be Faithful (and do our part to help in the challenge) while we Pray persistently to God for the best result for us. And that’s what we did on the computer hard drive challenge – we Prayed to God while Faithfully driving 45 minutes to a very secular, relatively-agnostic, and sometimes-dishonest repair shop and God delivered what was best for my Friend. The new PC purchase and a salvaged old hard drive weren’t what we were Praying for, but God answered our Prayers with a new and improved situation – and it was one we hadn’t even dreamed of.