“I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”

Luke 18:8

Jesus statement at the end of the parable of the unjust judge in Luke 18:8 can seem so out of place with regard to the point He is making it reminds me of the term “Squirrel” that is often used to describe someone who is easily distracted mid thought while another is talking or when when trying to accomplish a task they suddenly switch to doing something else abandoning what they had first begun.

Jesus begins the parable by talking about persistence in prayer and ends by saying when the Son of Man returns how many will he find on the earth who have faith? What Jesus is saying is that in the last days many believers in Jesus are going to become easily distracted in their faith from the main thing and what the Lord called us to do, (which was to have a close knit relationship with God that is marked by intimate communication in prayer and trust in God’s faithfulness). For many, dependence upon prayer will be replaced by busyness and the ever changing cares of the world.

The reason for Jesus question in Luke 18 stems from the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:10 where Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Your kingdom come Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Prayer and our devotion to persistent prayer is to be a continual way of life for the child of God not some religious duty we perform before meals and at the beginning and ending of church services or meetings. The apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Never stop praying”, which Paul meant that we should never stop being like the persistent widow who continually asks and eventually receives, who keeps seeking and ultimately finds and who won’t quit knocking on heavens door until it opens and her request is answered. That’s the type of faith Jesus is saying we should strive to have each day.

In the end Jesus is exhorting you and me to live each day of our lives praying for His triumphal return so that His will can and His will is done on earth as it is in heaven. Prayer then is to be the main focus of the believers life here and now, praying that God Himself would return to this earth and usher in His kingdom. Why? The return of our Lord is the only hope this world has of being made right. We need Jesus to come to our rescue and return quickly and fix this mess because only He can. We need to see ourselves like the desperate widow in this parable. She came to an unrighteous judge who didn’t fear God nor have any regard for the needs of people and got her request answered. Her need was greater than her fear. How much more than you and I can think or imagine will a just and loving Father give to us who come to Him in faith.

Don’t let the devil distract you, mocking you as it were as he cries out “squirrel” as you go from one thing to another. Stay focused, keep your eyes on Jesus waiting for Him and looking for His glorious return. Be like Corrie Ten Boom who understood the devils tactics and the way to victory when she said, “When I look around I get confused (squirrel) and when I look down I get depressed (squirrel) but when I look up my hearts at rest (Your kingdom come!).

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

John 14:27


Michael Osthimer




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