Will Jesus Find Faith on the Earth?
It would seem such an easy task; one would probably question a reason to even bring up the prospect that we are not operating in faith. However, on further observation, the question is not so easily dismissed. Jesus is looking for FAITH AND CORRESPONDING ACTION.
James 2:26 says believing apart from corresponding action is not real. Faith is effectually listening and hearing God. Most of our problem in the earth today has little to do with the devil and more to do with our proclivity to listen and hear everyone but God. We (the Church) may look like we're ordinary. We may look as if nothing will happen when we move on the Word God gives us, but we are a force to be reckoned with! What we need is persevering importunity. Will Jesus find faith on the earth? But the real question is will Jesus find faith in you?
The faith that Jesus is looking to find is linked to Luke 18:1, illustrating our need for constant prayer. It shows the correlation between not losing heart and continual prayer until the answer comes. We need God's assistance because without God we can do nothing. Your determination to pray shows the level of your faith.
There is a teaching that "we should never pray for ourselves," but God's way is the best way! God brings illumination to the issue of prayer, utilizing a woman (the Church) in intercession for herself. The purpose for her "receiving" however, was to get food for others. Lord, give Your Church the right spiritual food to set before others! Jesus uses a reluctant judge going against his will and a pitiful widow, to give us a fervent effectual faith. Against every realm of possibility, she prevails (we prevail). Continually coming to the judge and desperation got her what was legally hers.
Now, we are not in the condition of being without a husband (Isaiah 54:5, for your Creator will be your "husband.") Nor do we stand before a judge with a contrary will (2 Timothy 4:8, the Lord, the Righteous Judge). So, have you gotten everything that legally belongs to you? Luke 18:6-8 says, "then the Lord said, if even an evil judge can be worn down like that, don't you think that God will surely give justice to His people who plead with Him day and night? Yes! He will answer them quickly! But the question is: when I, the Messiah, return, how many will I find who have faith (and are praying)?"