In Luke 18, Jesus provoked His disciples by challenging their traditions. He asked, “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). His question is a warning to Christians who would limit the power of God at the end of the age. Jesus is calling us to resist our powerless traditions; He is asking us individually, “Will I find faith in you?” Jesus clearly states in Luke 18 that night-and-day prayer is the fuel that will drive His justice. Jesus deliberately equates “faith” with “night-and-day prayer.” To Jesus, they are inseparable. Jesus did not ask, “Will I find programs implemented? Will you be in board meetings? Will I find your doctrine correct?” What we believe is quite important, but it never rises above the spirit of intercession.
As we pray night and day, and “do not lose heart,” we will step into the authority that we have been given and experience the supernatural move of God (see Luke 18:1).
Jesus demonstrates the importance of our authority through intercession by giving a parable about a widow who petitioned a judge who had no respect for man, much less God (see Luke 18:1-8). Because she continued to cry out, the judge gave her the legal protection that was legally hers. God gives us legal right to wear Him out (see Luke 18:5). Jesus concluded by saying:
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 (Luke 18:6-8).