Gracious Lord, as the Caananite woman was persistent regardless of her social and religious standing in Jesus eyes, help us to be persistent in our prayers. Show us your mercy even though we are unworthy of your gifts of grace and forgiveness. Open your heart to our loneliness and isolation, to our weak resistance to greed, and our sickness of pride. Heal us and open our hearts and minds to the needs of others and create in us hearts of love and compassion for others. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.