Jesus counseled persistence in prayer. We have all had times of having prayed, maybe even over years, and not seen any change. It is easy to get discouraged. Yet, Jesus encourages us that “we ought always to pray, and not lose heart.” (Luke18:1) God does not take away another persons will, and so must work slowly but persistently on that heart. We may not see any outward change, but that does not mean our prayers are not being answered. Then too, God answers in ways that are best, not always exactly as we ask. He is our Father, and has our very best interest at His heart. We may ask for candy, but He knows that we need our vegetables. The ability to pray is a great blessing from our God. It is His invitation to come into His presence. Let us never lose heart, but continue to pray.