Abolitionist Sojourner Truth persevered in prayer to God—like this: “Oh God, You know I have no money, but you can make people do for me, and you must make people do for me. I will never give you peace till you do, God.” Saint Francis of Assisi prayed like this: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.” The author of Psalm 86 pleaded with God like this: “Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am calling on you constantly. … [You] are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help. Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord; hear my urgent cry.” Today, God is eager to hear our prayer when we come to Him based on the merits of His Son Jesus.
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