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The IVP New Testament Commentary Series – Persistent Prayer (20:29-34)
Persistent Prayer (20:29-34)

Despite the notorious dangers of roads like the one from Jericho to Jerusalem (v. 29; compare Lk 10:30), many beggars would have sought alms from Passover pilgrims there in this season (Lane 1974:387). Although Matthew, abbreviating Mark's account, omits the label "faith" here (Mk 10:52), he illustrates the same principle (Mt 9:29). While this text does not promote selfish prayers like the one illustrated in 20:20-21, it does provide principles for one with a desperate need (vv. 32-33). Like many other passages, this one provides a model for how to approach our risen Lord today.