Luke 18:8 – Pray + Expect – #110

Luke 18 hits home for me because it is a parable on the persistence of prayer, and when I think of our prayers for babies, persistence is the word that comes to mind. The chapter starts off with Jesus encouraging the apostles to keep praying, to never stop, and to not lose hope. This blog post could end right there, because come on, that is a good word!! Did you read that? Don’t stop praying and don’t lose hope!

It gets better. In Luke 18:7-8 God says, “Don’t you know that God, the true judge, will grant justice to all of his chosen ones who cry out to him night and day? He will pour out His spirit upon them. He will not delay to answer you and give you what you ask for. God will give swift justice to those who don’t give up. So be ever praying, ever expecting.”

Remember that God not only desires to answer your prayers, but also loves to do so. When you pray and align your requests to His Word, He is on your side. If you haven’t received the answer to your prayer it is not because God’s mind needs to be persuaded or changed, but because God is doing a work in you.

God is the opposite of the judge in this parable because unlike the unjust judge, God is kind, compassionate, and has your best interest in mind. He is righteous and cares so deeply for you. He brings swift justice to those who don’t give up.

God wants you to come to Him with your prayers from a place of expectancy. He won’t delay your answer. He is a God of justice and will bring restoration to your situation. If it has been months or years, don’t stop asking. Stay persistent and expect the Lord to break through for you.

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  • Joy
    Posted at 10:45h, 02 November Reply

    Wow! Thanks for sharing Caroline. I just needed this reminder. Surely God is faithful to His words.

  • Nance Biswas: Leaning on Jesus
    Posted at 10:47h, 02 November Reply

    Amen! God honors faith and faith honors Him–the persevering one.

  • Callie
    Posted at 10:51h, 02 November Reply

    We had a missionary speak at our church yesterday, and he was talking about this very thing. I actually wrote “persistence in prayer” down as something I wanted to work on. Love this encouragement, and praying for a sweet baby for you!

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 11:14h, 02 November Reply

    I absolutely think that God’s best answers to prayer are internal. He is aligning me with his will. Even when that doesn’t look how I wanted it to.

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 12:50h, 02 November Reply

    Love this!! Thank you so much for sharing!!! Love this beautiful reminder to keep persisting in prayer!! 🙂 Truly the Lord will answer us!

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 13:24h, 02 November Reply

    I love all the reminders that God gives us to not give up – to wait.. its not fun doing, but I appreciate that He anticipated our impatience.

  • Shirri Stringfellow
    Posted at 14:52h, 02 November Reply

    Amen!! I loved reading this!

  • Helen
    Posted at 15:32h, 02 November Reply

    Ah, thank you for this…persistence is something I can so easily lack…I needed this encouragement! Thank you!

  • Coupon Diva (@RealCouponDiva)
    Posted at 15:34h, 02 November Reply

    our God is faithful – even when people are not – He is…

  • Promise 28- Traveler's Trunk
    Posted at 15:36h, 02 November Reply

    I really enjoyed this post! what a beautiful reminder of the love of our God!

  • allycarter1
    Posted at 15:45h, 02 November Reply

    Love thisM

  • dawnshivers
    Posted at 16:31h, 02 November Reply

    Great post. The church I used to be connected with had a Luke18 ministry. Luke18 project I think it was called. Awesome translation you used on the image. Is that The Message?


  • Brianna George
    Posted at 18:15h, 02 November Reply

    He is ever faithful…even when we are faithless. 🙂

  • Marissa
    Posted at 18:54h, 02 November Reply

    Our Lord is so gracious. It is hard when we keep repeating the same prayers and still aren’t hearing the answer we long for. It is so great to remember to stay in pray and know that our Father hears us and loves us.


  • Mary Collins
    Posted at 21:45h, 02 November Reply

    Oh, what an encouraging post. I sure needed this today. You remain faithful in your journey to motherhood. He hears your prayers.

  • Nicole
    Posted at 22:23h, 02 November Reply

    This hits so close to home! Your posts challenge and inspire me so much. Thank you!

  • wifemummynurse
    Posted at 23:27h, 02 November Reply

    Thanks for sharing! There are times when I think, “God will never answer this prayer.” My husband (kindly) points out my sinful thinking.

  • Emma Palmer
    Posted at 02:50h, 03 November Reply

    Thank you for this encouragement, it’s definitely challenging me to prayer more and align my prayers with what scripture tells us. I never thought of it like that before!

  • melanieblignaut
    Posted at 04:00h, 03 November Reply

    Yes, God uses our prayers to work in our hearts, to draw us closer to him.

  • elleseesyou
    Posted at 08:06h, 03 November Reply

    “don’t give up.”

    i won’t, i won’t, i won’t!

  • Cheryl Smith
    Posted at 08:06h, 03 November Reply

    This verse, along with others, has been sustaining me in our current battles, as we cry out to Him day and night for the answer to our prayers. So thankful Jesus said His Father would “avenge us speedily”. God’s “speedily” and our “speedily” are not always one and the same. His thoughts and ways are so far above ours! But, keep holding on, because your miracle is coming!!! I just know it!!! Praying for you. 🙂

  • miratucci
    Posted at 08:41h, 03 November Reply

    I’m so happy I ran across your blog! Sometimes God uses others at just the right time to speak to us, and he allowed YOU to do that for me!! 🙂

  • Tania @ Run To Radiance
    Posted at 10:53h, 03 November Reply

    Love that!! What a relief that the lord is the one who provides justice and all we have to do is believe!

  • threekidsandafish
    Posted at 11:54h, 03 November Reply

    My Mom always said there is much power in prayer! Turns out like in most things she’s right! 🙂

  • thelongestjourneyoregon
    Posted at 16:01h, 03 November Reply

    What a great reminder to not give up and stay persistent. Thanks for sharing.

  • miragonz
    Posted at 10:00h, 04 November Reply

    So good! I have been praying for something lately, and I think that the reason I haven’t received it is because God is doing a work in me. Thank you for the encouragement to keep going!

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