Then Jesus told them a parable to show them they should always pray and not lose heart.
Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.
Rejoice in hope, endure in suffering, persist in prayer.
With every prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit, and to this end be alert, with all perseverance and requests for all the saints.
Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God.
As for me, I will call out to God, and the Lord will deliver me.
But stay alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that must happen, and to stand before the Son of Man."
So Jacob was left alone. Then a man wrestled with him until daybreak.
For what hope does the godless have when he is cut off, when God takes away his life?
Where would I be if I did not believe I would experience the Lord's favor in the land of the living?
You hear prayers; all people approach you.
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry out to you all day long!
when he responds to the prayer of the destitute, and does not reject their request.
Then Jacob prayed, "O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac, O Lord, you said to me, 'Return to your land and to your relatives and I will make you prosper.'
I cry out to you, O Lord; I say, "You are my shelter, my security in the land of the living."
When you call out to me and come to me in prayer, I will hear your prayers.
When my life was ebbing away, I called out to the Lord, and my prayer came to your holy temple.
Then he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread,
Therefore, since we have this ministry, just as God has shown us mercy, we do not become discouraged.
So we must not grow weary in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not give up.
Epaphras, who is one of you and a slave of Christ, greets you. He is always struggling in prayer on your behalf, so that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.
Think of him who endured such opposition against himself by sinners, so that you may not grow weary in your souls and give up.