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 about men. 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 about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!'” 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?” (Luke 18:1-8 – NIV).
Constant prayer is necessary for God’s will to be realized in the home, in the church, and in the world. Because Satan obtained a legal right to rule on earth until the lease that God gave Adam on the earth runs out at the return of Christ, we must labor together with God in prayer. There are no shortcuts. If we refuse to pray, Satan makes inroads into life and circumstance. Our prayers of faith give God a legal right to move into life’s circumstances.
Refuse to yield to the pressure of the busy and necessary at the expense of prayer. To see a need is to have a call to this prayer life. Satan fears committed believers who will pray more than anyone else in the whole world. We alone have the authority in the name of Jesus to bind his activity and to command him to desist in his maneuvers against the will and purposes of God worldwide.
The unjust judge in the parable above is the devil. He will not let go of his victims unless we assert constant pressure on him and his kingdom with our prayers, intercession, and faith. Don’t buy the lie that your praying is ineffective and is a waste of time. Don’t allow the busy to take the place of the important. To God, our prayer time is the most important time of our day. Our prayers loose His benevolent hands and allow Him to demonstrate His ability to those in need.
Be one of the people that God can count on today. Take some time to get alone with God. Ask Him, in the name of Jesus, to manifest Himself in the lives of those in your family, of those you work with, and in the lives of your friends and associates. Command Satan to take his hands off of the people that you know. Name them by name, and command him to leave them alone. Then, ask God to draw them to Himself and to open their minds to His truth and His love.
Be a laborer together with God today. Be one of those that the Father can count on to work with as He seeks to save those who are lost and helpless. Can He count on you today?