Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart,
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;
rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
As for me, I shall call upon God, And the Lord will save me.
But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.
“For what is the hope of the godless when he is cut off, When God requires his life?
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.
O You who hear prayer, To You all men come.
Be gracious to me, O Lord, For to You I cry all day long.
He has regarded the prayer of the destitute And has not despised their prayer.
Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord, who said to me, ‘ Return to your country and to your relatives, and I will prosper you,’
I cried out to You, O Lord; I said, “You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.
Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
“While I was fainting away, I remembered the Lord, And my prayer came to You, Into Your holy temple.
Then He said to them, “ Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves;
Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart,
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.
For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.