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Just Keep Praying, Jesus Says

Reflecting on Mark 9:14-29, the story of the father of the sick boy, who exclaims, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!", Frederick Buechner writes:

"What about the boy who isn't healed?   When, listened to or not listened to, the prayer goes unanswered?  Who knows?  Just keep praying, Jesus says.  Remember the sleepy friend, the crooked judge.  Even if the boy dies, keep on beating a path to God's door, because the one thing you can be sure of is that down the path you beat with even your most half-cocked and halting prayer the God you call upon will finally come, and even if he does not bring you the answer you want, he will bring you himself.  And maybe at the secret heart of all our prayers that is what we are really praying for."

- Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC (Harper & Row, 1973), p. 71.