Ever the skilled story-teller, Jesus described a widow who was in dire straits, relentlessly seeking justice from the local judge. Day and night she implored him to exercise his power to remedy her situation. Her persistence finally paid off when the judge weary of her asking, granted her request.
Jesus concluded with a question, “However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke18:8)
Will He find faith on the earth?
Wow. Talk about a zinger of a question!
As I've been chewing on prayer this month, this question has generated an examination of myself, "Do I have that kind of faith? The kind of faith like the persistent widow to pray at all times without losing heart?"
"The Lord's questions always reveal me to myself," Oswald Chambers rightly said. And I concur for as much as I relish to say, "Yes, of course!" The answer is a pitiful, "No."
What is this faith of which He spoke?
Faith here is kin to the adjective "persistent" with the mindset of a persistent cough. You know, that cough that won’t go away, one where you cannot help but cough. Cough, cough, cough. Breathe. Cough, cough, cough. Breathe.
This is the kind of faith Jesus illustrated in Luke 18:
- be faithful in prayer, Romans 12:12
- pray in the Spirit on all occasions. Ephesians 6:18
- Devote yourselves to prayer, Colossian 4:2
- pray continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
This kind of faith prays at all times regardless of external circumstances and does not lose heart in praying no matter how long it takes. In other words, whenever that issue comes to mind that causes your heart to skip a beat, praise, pray, repeat.
How do we cultivate this kind of faith?
For the past month on the blog, we’ve been asking our own set of questions to have this kind of faith. Questions such as
Why is prayer powerful?
How do I persevere in prayer?
Are there promises for when we pray?
What is the purpose of prayer?
Each post is like a piece of a puzzle, which when put together, portrays the kind of faith we Jesus girls should long to have, the kind of faith it takes to be found faithful upon Christ's return.
The kind of faith to
- believe in the Power of prayer!
- faithfully Persevere in prayer
- cling to the Promises of prayer.
- meditate on the Purpose of prayer.
The first step to having the kind of faith it takes.
I don't know about you, my friend, but when I ponder Jesus's question, my faith appears small. Therefore, my heart cries out along with the disciples, "Lord, increase my faith!" (John 17:5) The Spirit kindly answers my prayer with Jesus's words,
"Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed,
you can say to this mountain,
'Move from here to there,' and it will move.
Nothing will be impossible for you."
So, my friend, with our mustard seeds in hand, when we prayerfully contemplate Jesus's question, “However when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” may our prayer lives testify a confident, "Yes, Lord!" showcasing the kind of faith it takes to be found faithful.
For further encouragement in your own prayer life, join our Facebook prayer group "By Faith, She Prays."
Tammy Valdivia - Jesus Girl. Wife. Momma. Student. Teacher. Confidante. Lover of milky coffee, dark chocolate, deep talks, lively laughter, and a front row seat on the beach at sunrise.