Then Jesus used this story to teach his followers that they should always pray and never lose hope.
"In a certain town there was a judge who did not respect God or care about people.
In that same town there was a widow who kept coming to this judge, saying, 'Give me my rights against my enemy.'
For a while the judge refused to help her. But afterwards, he thought to himself, 'Even though I don't respect God or care about people,
I will see that she gets her rights. Otherwise she will continue to bother me until I am worn out.'"
The Lord said, "Listen to what the unfair judge said.
God will always give what is right to his people who cry to him night and day, and he will not be slow to answer them.
I tell you, God will help his people quickly. But when the Son of Man comes again, will he find those on earth who believe in him?"
Jesus told this story to some people who thought they were very good and looked down on everyone else:
"A Pharisee and a tax collector both went to the Temple to pray.
The Pharisee stood alone and prayed, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other people who steal, cheat, or take part in adultery, or even like this tax collector.