Author: Dr. Mitch Arbelaez, Go To Nations Latin America Director for Global Pathway
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Luke 18:6-8 (NIV)
In 1967 the first microwave went on sale in the US. This invention changed the way we cook, warm up food, and even pop popcorn. The innovation of the microwave and the speed at which it delivers has made its way into other walks of life. It’s all about speed. How fast is fast! And how can we get what we want faster? Our society is one of microwaves, and instant access! It’s now or never. Time is money. If we wait to long we ought to get something for free! It’s a microwave age!
Often times when we come to God we want the same delivery that we are accustomed to. In Luke 18 we have the parable of the persistent widow who wares down a judge to grant her request. Jesus uses this parable to encourage us that we ought to not fail in our persistent praying. At the end of his parable He makes the point that God is nothing like the hard nose judge. However, He makes the concerning statement: “When the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” How can we respond to this desire of our Lord to maintain faith and always pray without losing heart? How do we keep the faith in a microwave age?
We must understand that prayer is about a relationship first and foremost. The parable Jesus tells is about faithfulness in prayer. God is not an indifferent Judge. He is anything but callus in His compassion towards us, yet He still encourages us to be like the widow. Why? Because we are anything but persistent in our intent to seek. God is in the transformation business not just the transportation of answers to prayer. Let us not so quickly expect God to do things around us when He is desiring to do things in us.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that missionaries and Christians around the world would have persistent faith just like the widow in Luke 18. Let us pray without losing faith. Let us pray with confidence in knowing you are a God who watches over His word to perform it! Give us the wisdom to examine ourselves and be quick to see when you are wanting to do a work in us, so you can do a work through us.
Dr. Mitch, his wife, Michelle and their 4 beautiful children make up the Arbelaez family. Dr. Arbelaez works as the director of the Global Pathway missionary mobilization program for Latin America. Along with Michelle, they work to assist pastors and church leaders to become more mission minded and to raise up missionaries to go to the least-reached areas of our world. Dr. Arbelaez is part of the GTN's world headquarter team helping to train and lead the entire organization in all that God has for them.