Today's Scriptures: Esther chapter 12 and chapters 14-16; Matthew 7:7-12
In the Esther passages we see Queen Esther going to see the king to accuse the prime minister of a conspiracy. Her life is in jeopardy and she is praying as hard as she can. She knows that she needs the Lord's help.
In the Matthew passage Jesus tells us that prayer is something we have to be persistent in doing. A very literal translation from the Greek would be, "Keep asking. Keep seeking. Keep knocking." Prayer isn't something we do occasionally. prayer is (or should be!) a part of our everyday life. We pray hard, not because we can change God's mind or convince him what we are asking for is really needed (since He already knows what we need.) We pray so that we never lose sight of the fact that we depend on God's goodness and how vulnerable we are without it. We pray hard because if we don't, we run the risk of forgetting who and whose we are.