Just read the remarkable story we’ll be hearing from the Old Testament: Abraham has just been visited by God’s angels, and God tells Abraham that he is dispatching the angels to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, to destroy them because of how debauched they'd become.
So the angels start off on their way, and Abraham is left standing in front of God. Abraham asks God if God found fifty righteous people in the city, would God really destroy them along with the rest of the city: “far be it from you to do that, God!” he says.
He tells them a couple stories.
The first story is about the value of persistence in prayer (using an example of some one going to their friend, not getting what they want initially, but persevering in asking until the friend yields).
What's the point in persevering (in this, in anything) if there's no hope of change?
The second story is about God's goodness. About how God wants, really wants, like a good parent, to give good things to his children.
The point in both stories is that it is appropriate that we human beings engage God…