Jesus’ parable about the persistent neighbour is about relying on God to answer prayer. If you can pester a neighbour who cannot be bothered to help you to giving you want you want, how much more is God who loves you and wants the best for you desiring to give us what we need? I experienced a different version of this parable multiple times last week. One man wanted an onion the day before the food bank so that he would not have to come back the next day. There were not enough onions to meet the demand so I said no in order to be fair to those who lined up and followed the proper procedure. I saw him five minutes later asking another staff person for two onions. Another woman had a large second helping at our dinner and want a third serving to put in her take home dish. Many others had not had their second serving yet so I asked her to wait 15 minutes. I then had to attend to something else and as I returned two minutes later taking her third serving from another staff person. One can only smile and resist becoming cynical. They were just applying the lesson of Jesus’ parable in a slightly different way.