I was thinking about the passage Luke 18:1-8 which is the parable of the persistent widow.
1 Then Jesus told them a parable to show them they should always pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected people. 3 There was also a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused, but later on he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor have regard for people, 5 yet because this widow keeps on bothering me, I will give her justice, or in the end she will wear me out by her unending pleas.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says! 7 Won’t God give justice to his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he delay long to help them? 8 I tell you, he will give them justice speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
This made me want to ask the question if prayer really does anything at all. I know we may not get the answer we want but because of that should we pray? I know most will say yes, but I find it difficult talking to God and not knowing what the answer will be and yet having faith.
I mean I pray for protection all the time and in the back of my mind I do wonder “what if God doesn’t want to do that”. I’ll be honest it terrifies me to think it, but when you hear of all these tragedies happening you can see why I might question it so much.
How do we reconcile death/suffering with having faith and staying consistent with prayer even though what we pray for may not be what God decides to do? Maybe this parable is more so speaking about the justice to come in the day of the Lord. If so then my question is why should we continue to pray if God is only going to do what he decides is best anyway?