“Now when Daniel heard that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: ‘Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or man except to you, O king, would be thrown into the lions’ den?’”
Luke 18:1-5, 7a
“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said, ‘In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘…I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming’…And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night?’”
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.”
What daring love you inspire, O God, when you command us to call upon your mercy and compassion.
By prayer that persists despite all obstacles, you establish deep relational roots in our hearts. We are bound ever more tightly to you through our cries, pleas and praises.
Keep this vital venue from being severed by doubt or discouragement. Do not let silence destroy our source of strength.
With the blessing of the Spirit, through the channel of Christ, we voice our requests to you.
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