“Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not lose heart”. (Luke 18:1) Of all the mysteries of prayer, the need for perseverance is the greatest. It is hard for us to understand why a God so loving would need to be asked again and again before the answer comes. Like Abraham who believed “in hope against hope” (Romans 4:18), most of us have situations that show no outward sign of ever being solved. They look hopeless, but those who believe in God know that they aren’t. This is when we refuse to “lose heart”. Today, we begin our 4th month of praying the Lord’s prayer. Friend, are you still convinced that the Lord is hearing us? Part of the power (and the mystery) of a relationship with the Father is that patience is required.