Two Sunday’s ago I had a conversation with someone after church about prayer. He was explaining that he and a work mate were talking about how often you should ask God for something. Should you just ask him once, knowing that he heard you? Or should you be on your knees constantly pleading with God until an answer comes?
On the one hand the first option seems the right response because we know that we can’t manipulate God into a favourable response by nagging him. Yet, on the other hand we have passages like Luke 18:1-8
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
Perhaps a better conversation to have with a work mate is: “Who is prayer for?” Does it benefit God or the one praying?
God knows our needs, even before we ask him. So why pray? Simply because prayer means we are relying on God. Prayer is an incredible act of faith – putting our hope in God and his goodness, and not in ourselves and our ability.
So I say, pray without ceasing. Because in never giving up, we are not looking for God to change His mind in our favour, but rather submitting ourselves to his will.