Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’” Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:1-8
In this parable, Jesus paints the picture of an unjust judge—who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people—and a widow who comes to him seeking justice. In the end, the judge gives her what she wants because he has grown weary of her nagging. But how much more does our heavenly Father—who loves His people—want to swiftly give to His people the justice that they deserve?
Our natural inclination may be to view God as an unjust judge, someone righteous in wrath who does not care for us and only helps us if He is bothered by our constant asking. But this is a lie – it is not at all who our heavenly Father is. This lie began in the garden, when Satan told Adam and Eve that God didn’t want them to eat the fruit because He didn’t care about them and didn’t want them to be happy.
Adam and Even bought this lie and we often continue to buy it today. We walk in a cloud, trying to convince ourselves that God really does love us. Lacking an identity in the Father, our generation has bought a lie that our circumstances, feelings, and perceptions might be translated as the Father’s lack of love for us or even His wrath toward us. But this is so false; every quality and action we admire and love in Jesus is rooted in the Father.
If you have a solid understanding of God the Father’s love for you and you are solidly identified with Christ, then you cannot be touched in this world, regardless of circumstances.
Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. John 5:19
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.Colossians 1:15
Your identity is solid in God’s love. If you have issues with your earthly father, this is easily converted into your being lost convoluted, having no direction or identity. But if you have a solid understanding of God the Father’s love for you and you are solidly identified with Christ, then you cannot be touched in this world, regardless of circumstances.
Jesus wants us to learn to pray without ceasing and how to take heart in this realization. But what or how should we pray?
- Pray that we would know God our Father relationally, not just theoretically, and that we would have sense of our identity in Him.
- Pray for spiritual revelation and wisdom.…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power…Ephesians 1:17-19
- Pray that you would know hope (an expectation of goodness to come) and that your faith would not fail.“But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Luke 22:32
Remember, you are God’s greatest treasure, a creation made in His own image. God’s treasure in humanity is scattered about the earth, some of it buried in sin and waiting to be uncovered. We are put on mission to find buried treasure and rightly give back what was His. We are like pirates, seeking out those treasures buried in sin to be able to give them back to the Lord!
Find your identity and you will know your purpose. Outside of Christ, we have no identity, and no one to teacher us victory in the promise of the Father. But being a part of God’s family is so good! This is a concept worth fighting for and wrestling with today: do you have in you a firm identity in your heavenly Father? Or are you being tossed day after day by circumstances, trying to decide whether or not God loves you?
Jesus’ hope is that you would pray without ceasing and not lose heart (Luke 18:1).
Realize that you are God’s treasure, His wealth! It’s easy to fall under a banner saying our generation is doomed, falling out of God’s grace. But our circumstances don’t dictate God’s posture toward us. We need to ask God for forgiveness for doubting His love. He didn’t sacrifice his Son so that you would be a great church attendee, but that you would go and make disciples of all nations.
If you have found yourself questioning God’s love for you, ask for forgiveness. It’s time to realign yourself with Jesus, realize your identity in Christ as a member of God’s beloved family, and purpose yourself for something great!
I am going to fight in prayer for ________________.
I affirm that I am __________________.
I reject the lie that I am ________________.
I will not let go or stop praying until You ______________