When writing musicals based on scripture, I try to write many different types of songs. This ensures there will something in each show that will appeal to each member of the audience, regardless of their familiarity with the scriptures.
In the musical Hidden Treasures: A Musical Revue of the Parables of Jesus Christ, one of the parables referenced was The Parable of the Unjust Judge. For this story, I decided to comically depict a widow going to see the unjust judge, rather than just having a soloist sing about her visit. The “Judge Bad Rap” courtroom scene included two other scripture stories with well-known links to judgment, and the whole song was quite lighthearted. (You will notice in this video clip that our cast members were true hams…) “Judge Bad Rap” was chosen by many audience members – especially children – as one of their favorite songs in the show.
The source material for The Parable of the Unjust Judge is found in Luke 18:1-8, with the first and last lines revealing the reason for and lesson of the parable. In Hidden Treasures, “Judge Bad Rap” was immediately followed by the ballad “Pray Always”. “Pray Always” didn’t tell the story of the parable, but rather expounded on the lesson: That we are to pray “day and night” – even if (like the widow) our prayers do not seem to be answered right away.
When the show was in production, “Pray Always” was one of my favorite songs to play for dinner guests. (I am always playing new songs for visitors….) We also sang it as a choir in our worship service.
I taught the lessons of this parable to my own children, who then used the “ask and ask” concept repeatedly afterwards (unfortunately, on me).
The video for “Pray Always” is
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