Newton on the Importunate Widow – An Olney Hymn

Our Lord, who knows full well,

The heart of ev’ry saint,

Invites us by a parable,

To pray and never faint.

2 He bows his gracious ear,

We never plead in vain;

Yet we must wait till he appear,

And pray, and pray again.

3 Though unbelief suggest,

Why should we longer wait?

He bids us never give him rest,

But be importunate.

4 ’Twas thus a widow poor,

Without support or friend,

Beset the unjust judge’s door,

And gain’d, at last, her end.

5 For her he little car’d,

As little for the laws;

Nor God, nor man, did he regard,

Yet he espous’d her cause.

6 She urg’d him day and night,

Would no denial take;

At length he said, “I’ll do her right,

“For my own quiet’s sake.”

7 And shall not Jesus hear

His chosen when they cry?

Yes, though he may a while forbear,

He’ll help them from on high.

8 His nature, truth, and love,

Engage him on their side;

When they are griev’d, his bowels move,

And can they be deny’d?

Then let us earnest be,

And never faint in pray’r;

He loves our importunity,

And makes our cause his care.


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About Reid Ferguson

Reid serves as the pastor for preaching and vision at Evangelical Church of Fairport in Fairport New York. A native of Rochester, N.Y., he has served in various ministry areas during his life, including: a founding member of the former Mark IV Quartet, Youth Pastor at ECF, former board member of the Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals (F.I.R.E.), and author of The Little Book of Things You Should Know About Ministry (Christian Focus Publications, 2002). Pastor Reid blogs regularly at Responsive Reiding.