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In this remarkable image, Millais illustrates the parable from Luke’s gospel in which a poor man is sent to request three loaves of bread from a stranger. His persistence is rewarded, as the story describes: ‘And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you’. The parable illustrates the need for persistence or perseverance in prayer.

November 2004