And He told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to Him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to His elect, who cry to Him day and night? Will He delay long over them? I tell you, He will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?”
Matthew Henry said, “When God intends to bless or grant mercy, He calls His people to pray.” It is a good sign when God’s people want to pray and begin to pray. It is often a sign that God is about to bless in some wonderful ways. When it comes to prayer I think we always need to be refreshed in terms of our prayer life. If we hold to the principle so well taught by the Puritans in what was called the regulative principle. Meaning that our worship, private and public, should be regulated by the Word of God.
Let me remind you of some things that should characterize our prayer life.
When we go to the Lord we should think who we are going to. We are going to a king, large petitions bring (Newton). Let’s pray simply, humbly, perseveringly, corporately, boldly, adoringly, and filially.