Some of us, especially we older people, remember the Marx Brothers, Chico, Groucho and Harpo. On a visit to New York, Harpo Marx was bombarded by requests from various charities to appear at their benefits. After one particularly persistent woman had called him a dozen times in two days, Harpo reluctantly agreed to appear at an event for her charity. She offered to personally escort him to the event. As they were leaving Harpo's hotel room, the telephone began to ring. "Don't you want to go back and answer it?" she asked. "Why bother?" Harpo replied wearily. "It's undoubtedly you again."
A Canaanite woman begged Jesus to cure her daughter, who she believed was troubled by a demon. Jesus seems to ignore her plea. But she doesn’t give up. She keeps asking Jesus for his help. Finally, due to her persistence, Jesus cured her daughter.
We should be like the woman who pestered Jesus. We should be like the woman who pestered Harpo Marx. I remember a friend of mine always saying: "Pray like a pest. Give Jesus no rest!”
"Then Jesus said to her, "Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." And her daughter was healed at that moment" (Matthew 15:28).