For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart,
As for me, I said in my alarm, "I am cut off from before Your eyes"; Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications When I cried to You.
Even when I cry out and call for help, He shuts out my prayer.
So I say, "My strength has perished, And [so has] my hope from the LORD."
Waters flowed over my head; I said, "I am cut off!"
I called on Your name, O LORD, Out of the lowest pit.
You have heard my voice, "Do not hide Your ear from my [prayer for] relief, From my cry for help."
You drew near when I called on You; You said, "Do not fear!"
O Lord, You have pleaded my soul's cause; You have redeemed my life.
and he said, "I called out of my distress to the LORD, And He answered me. I cried for help from the depth of Sheol; You heard my voice.
"For You had cast me into the deep, Into the heart of the seas, And the current engulfed me. All Your breakers and billows passed over me.
"So I said, 'I have been expelled from Your sight. Nevertheless I will look again toward Your holy temple.'
"Water encompassed me to the point of death. The great deep engulfed me, Weeds were wrapped around my head.
"I descended to the roots of the mountains. The earth with its bars [was] around me forever, But You have brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God.
"While I was fainting away, I remembered the LORD, And my prayer came to You, Into Your holy temple.
"Those who regard vain idols Forsake their faithfulness,
You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend [it] on your pleasures.
We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord's dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and [is] merciful.