Jesus told his disciples a parable about a widow who lived in a certain town. The judge of that town neither feared God nor cared about men, but the widow kept going to him with a plea for justice against her adversary. In those days a judge would sit somewhere and people would go to him or her with their disputes to be solved. You can imagine the judge seeing people day in day out and every evening at the end of the line stood this widow with the same plea over and over. “I want justice,” she would say. Sometimes she would be angry and yell, but other times she would be worn out and would beg and plead and grovel instead.
For some time this judge refused her pleas. But at last, he decided that even though he cared nothing about God or men or even what the widow wanted, he would see to it that she got her justice so that she would stop bothering him and driving him crazy. And so he did. Now if an unjust judge could eventually give justice just because the widow was persistent, what about God, who loved us first, and who hears our prayers even before we speak?
This is a lesson in prayer and persistence. It does not mean that we are to beg and plead and grieve the Holy Spirit calling out to God day in day out with our requests until He is weary of us. No, Jesus said (in Luke 11: 9-10) “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”
We will never be happy until we make God the source of our fulfillment and the answer to our longings. He is the only one who should have power over our souls.