1 Timothy 5:5
Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.
Note 15 at 1Ti 5:5: Continuing the criteria for church assistance, Paul required those who receive assistance to be "a widow indeed, and desolate." This statement is in the perfect tense and conveys a completed action that has lingering and ongoing results, or a condition. The widow who is to be helped is in a permanent condition of being alone and without life's necessary resources (see note 9 at 1Ti 5:3).
Note 16 at 1Ti 5:5: Paul required that the church limit its assistance to widows (see note 11 at 1Ti 5:3) who are truly seeking God and trusting Him for provision. The Greek tense indicates a continuous state and condition of trust. This would exclude those who are not trusting God and are not godly women. That is not to say that the widows who don't meet this requirement are not to be shown any benevolence; they are not to "be taken into the number" (1Ti 5:9, see note 24 at that verse) of those widows who are regularly and completely supported by the church.
Paul listed two things as indicators that a widow is really trusting God: supplications and prayers (see note 2 at 1Ti 2:1), which are given night and day, meaning constantly, always, or all the time. Contrast this with the characteristics of the widows in 1Ti 5:13 whom Paul said to reject. Those widows are idle or lazy, gossips, and meddlesome. Therefore, we can see that those who take their cares to God don't have to take them to people and gossip and slander others. Likewise, those who do gossip and slander others reveal that they are not trusting God and have not thoroughly prayed about the matter.