Here's the widow, once again harrowing the judge. From her firm stance, upraised hand, pounding fist and even the angle of her eyebrows, you can just tell she's not going anywhere until justice is done. This isn't what many of us - raised on folded hands, closed eyes and bent knees - usually think of as a prayer posture. But Jesus is advocating just that. Try talking to God this way sometime - standing up, eyes open, fist in the air - and see how it changes the content and outcome of your prayer life.
Well, actually, maybe Jesus isn't talking so much about how we approach prayer exactly, and more just encouraging us to persist, whatever our stance may be. If so, we have some help from the rest of the lectionary. In the reading from Genesis, Jacob does not give up in wrestling with the angel until he gets the blessing he demands. He's injured in the process, but persists.
Just as we are not to give up in talking to God, we are exhorted to persist in talking ABOUT God too in the letter to Timothy. Check out Eugene Peterson's great translation The Message:
You're going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food—catchy opinions that tickle their fancy. They'll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages. But you—keep your eye on what you're doing; accept the hard times along with the good; keep the Message alive; do a thorough job as God's servant.
How are YOU keeping the message alive this week? The comments are open and ready!