When we’re helpless, we ask help from the helpful. We don’t ask a helpless person or an unhelpful person. We ask someone whom we know is helpful. We weigh previous character when we’re deciding who to ask for help. When we need help around the house or in the yard, we know which kids will come running and which will run away.
In Luke 18:1-8, Jesus encourages us to keep asking God for help because of his proven character. Knowing his people will suffer discouraging persecution, he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart (1). What is it about God’s character that can keep us praying without giving up? Jesus wants us to think about ungodly character first of all.