In Luke 18, Jesus tells the story of the unfair judge who delivers justice only after a woman badgers him day after day. “This woman is driving me crazy.” She is often referred to as the persistent widow. Mark Batterson suggests persistent is a nice word for crazy. When the cause is a righteous one, it’s holy crazy. While we do not know what injustice took place, she was on a mission to have it addressed. She would not take no for an answer. The judge realized there was no quit in this woman and Jesus affirmed her tenacity.
It raises a question: How desperate are you for the blessing, the breakthrough, the miracle? Desperate enough to pray through the night? Committed to fight for it in prayer until the day you die, like William Wilberforce, who dedicated his entire life to ending slavery in England? How long will you knock on the door to move God to stop homelessness, fight human trafficking, or empower someone else’s faith? Until your knuckles are raw?
We try to maintain a level of dignity. We don’t want to come across like a religious nut, but sometimes that is the only way to produce spiritual fruit.
Jesus honored the prostitute who crashed the party at the Pharisee’s home to anoint His feet. Jesus honored the tax collector who climbed a tree just to get a glimpse of Him. Jesus honored the faith of the four men who cut a hole in someone’s ceiling to help their paralyzed friend. The common denominator in each of these stories is crazy faith. People took desperate measures to get to God, and God honored them for it.
Nothing has changed. God is still honoring spiritual desperadoes who crash parties and go out on a limb. God is still honoring those who pray with audacity and tenacity. And don’t just pray about it; act on it. Don’t let your life be business as usual.
It’s possible we need a new normal: bold prayers and big dreams. God wants nothing less. When bold prayers become the norm, so do the miraculous breakthroughs that follow.
Sometimes you need to do something crazy, risky, dramatic. When you do, don’t listen to the nitpickers and naysayers, because crazy miracles are the offspring of crazy faith.