Over the course of time I have discovered that things I undertake out of a sense of guilt are things I do not do well nor find real enjoyment in accomplishing. Guilt might prove to be a capable motivator to get something going, but it cannot sustain that which it began. On the other hand, encouragement is a far better motivator and sustainer, and no place is this truer than prayer. This teaching finds us in Luke 18:1-8 where we meet an unrighteous judge and a persistent widow, and receive a remarkably simple lesson on prayer. By God’s grace, in this parable we will learn for ourselves what it is to pray from encouragement rather than guilt.