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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 8653 importunity, towards God
8653 importunity, towards God

8653 importunity, towards God

Earnestness and perseverance in presenting requests to God on behalf of oneself and others; seen in persistent pleading, faithful intercession and bold appeal.

Perseverance in prayer

Persistence in prayer Ps 55:17 See also Ps 22:1-2; Ps 86:3; Ps 88:1,9; 1Th 5:17; 1Ti 5:5
Mt 7:7-8 pp Lk 11:9-10 Lk 18:1 See also Lk 18:2-8

Faithfulness in prayer Eph 6:18 See also Ro 1:9-10; Col 4:12; 1Th 1:2-3; 2Ti 1:3

Earnestness in prayer

Ps 119:58; Ps 130:1-2 See also Ps 55:1-2; Ps 61:1-2; Jnh 3:8
Lk 22:44 See also Heb 5:7

Boldness in prayer

Ge 18:27; Lk 11:8 See also Ex 33:12-16 Confidence in prayer: Eph 3:12; Heb 4:16

Further examples of importunity in prayer

Repeated requests in prayer Ge 18:22-32 Abraham prays for Sodom; Jdg 6:36-40 Gideon asks for assurance; Mt 15:22-28 pp Mk 7:25-30 a Canaanite woman begs for Jesus Christ’s help; Mt 20:30-31 pp Mk 10:47-48 pp Lk 18:38-39 Blind men call out to Jesus Christ; Mt 26:44 Jesus Christ prays in Gethsemane; Mk 5:10 pp Lk 8:31 Legion begs for mercy; 2Co 12:8 Paul pleads with God to take away his “thorn”.

Further examples of perseverance in prayer Ge 32:26 Jacob wrestles with God; Dt 9:18 Moses fasts and prays because of Israel’s sin; 2Sa 12:16 David pleads for his sick child; 1Ki 18:28-29 The prophets of Baal appeal unsuccessfully to their god; Ne 1:4-6 Nehemiah prays for God’s people; Da 10:2-3 Daniel waits for the interpretation of his vision; Lk 2:37 Anna looks for God to redeem his people.

Further examples of earnestness in prayer 1Sa 1:12-16 Hannah prays for a child; 1Ki 8:22 pp 2Ch 6:12 Solomon prays at the dedication of the Temple; Jas 5:17-18 Elijah prays for rain to cease; Ezr 9:5 Ezra prays about the people’s sin; Isa 38:2-3 Hezekiah prays for healing; Da 9:3 Daniel prays for Jerusalem; Mk 5:22-23 pp Lk 8:41-42 Jairus asks Jesus Christ to heal his daughter; Jn 4:47 A nobleman begs Jesus Christ to heal his son; Ac 12:5 The early church prays for Peter’s release from prison.

See also

5767attitudes in prayer
8239earnestness
8613prayer, persistence
8618prayerfulness

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