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Luke 18:1-8
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Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart,
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saying, "In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man.
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"There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, 'Give me legal protection from my opponent.'
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"For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, 'Even though I do not fear God nor respect man,
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yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.'"
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And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge said;
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now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?
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"I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?"
Genesis 32:26
Then he said, "Let me go, for the dawn is breaking." But he said, "I will not let you go unless you bless me."
Matthew 15:22-28
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And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and [began] to cry out, saying, "Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed."
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But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, "Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us."
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But He answered and said, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
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But she came and [began] to bow down before Him, saying, "Lord, help me!"
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And He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."
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But she said, "Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters' table."
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Then Jesus said to her, "O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish." And her daughter was healed at once.
Romans 15:30
Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me,
2 Corinthians 12:8
Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me.
Colossians 2:1
For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not personally seen my face,
Colossians 4:12
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.