Jesus uses the parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18 to teach the disciples (and us) an aspect of prayer. The widow continually seeks the judge for justice, and even though she doesn’t get an answer from the judge right away, she persists and keeps coming back to the judge because she desires justice. The judge eventually hears her case because he grows weary of the widow’s visits. The widow gets her justice because she persists!!
God does not grow weary of us pursuing Him! Constant prayer is pleasing to Him. We should be steadfast in our prayer lives and seek God continuously and in doing so we strengthen our resolve for life’s difficulties. Is prayer reactionary for you? It ought to be. Prayer is the great reflex of the Christian. Jesus does leave us with a question in Luke 18. He asks His disciples “when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on Earth?” Prayer requires faith. Jesus references having faith as “big as a mustard seed” and how even the smallest faith can still move mountains. As a people, especially in western culture today, we have no faith.
Persistently seek God in prayer. Make prayer your reflex, your habit, your desire. Have faith that God will answer your prayer exactly the way it is presented to Him.