To Keep Praying or Not to Keep Praying?

It has been 4+ years of praying for the same thing, over and over and over again. Don’t get me wrong, we pray for much more than pregnancy, but that has been a constant prayer of ours and obviously at the forefront of our minds. I never shy away from not only asking the Lord for babies, but asking for prayer from others on this very topic.

But, scriptures seems a little controversial on the topic of prayer. Do I keep praying or do I not keep praying? My stance has always been to ask over and over again. Not because I think praying X amount of times will bring the answer, but I am a woman of persistence and why would I stop asking if I haven’t yet received my answer?

Matthew 6:7 says, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. But just one chapter later in Matthew 7:7-8 it says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

So do I keep asking or not? These verses sure seem confusing. I love how Bill Johnson summarizes this topic in this sermon. He clarifies Matthew chapter 6 references need while chapter 7 references dreams. In other words, there is no reason to ask God 100 x for the basic needs you have. For example, do you need to pray the whole way to work that the Lord keeps you safe while you drive? His Word already promises to protect you so while there is nothing wrong to ask for his protection as you drive, it’s not a prayer that you need to keep babbling on about. But, he does want you to come to him in prayer over and over and over again with all the dreams you have. 

Here is the deal. God wants to fulfill your dreams! It’s not going to be in your time frame, but you should consider it an honor to keep asking, knocking, and seeking. God is drawn to people who dream with him. Don’t let the fact that your prayers have gone unanswered for one month, 10 months, or 10 years stop you from continuing to pray and ask. If you are feeling weary from asking over and over, change your mindset and start to praise him instead. Praise him in advance for the answer that he will bring to you. Whatever you are dreaming about, don’t stop praying!

To Keep Praying or Not to Keep Praying

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  • Patricia
    Posted at 08:24h, 10 August Reply

    And what a blessing it is to know that he hears us and we have this beautiful relationship with him that allows us access to the throne of grace. The prayers will not cease over here!

  • Paxetbonum
    Posted at 09:06h, 10 August Reply

    I think maybe a good approach would be to pray something like ‘God you know that there is nothing I desire more in my life than X, but if this is not your will for my life right now help me to live with grace my present situation and help me understand and trust your ways’.

  • Keri Underwood
    Posted at 09:48h, 10 August Reply

    Yes, yes, yes and amen! Sharing this. So many people get those verses mixed up and confused. Love this simple explanation and can’t wait to take a look at that sermon! Your words are always so encouraging.

  • Lisa
    Posted at 09:53h, 10 August Reply

    What if Joshua’s Army had only circled the walls 6 times? What if the man at the gate picked that ONE day to stop going and asking for help? This is what I think of when I get tired of asking.

  • Halie
    Posted at 11:00h, 10 August Reply

    I have been struggling with this, and it’s EXACTLY what I needed today!!! xoxo!!

  • Belinda
    Posted at 13:11h, 10 August Reply

    Thank you for the encouragement! I’m officially through 4 years of praying and in August started my 5th year. I told my friend that I have never prayed a more tenacious prayer than this one for a baby.

  • Lisamarie
    Posted at 14:51h, 10 August Reply

    At some point, I switched my prayers from praying for a baby, to praying for God to help me be at peace with whatever direction my life was heading. That helped me start to feel okay with the possibility of not having a child since it was becoming daunting to me to be expecting to get pregnant month after month for years. When we decided to do IVF, I knew that I still wouldn’t get pregnant unless it was within God’s plan for my life. So even during IVf, when the initial embryo transfers were failing, I just kept praying for God to help me be okay with the outcome of our one last ditch effort at getting pregnant.

  • joanna maria
    Posted at 22:42h, 10 August Reply

    Keep on praying. Be persistent. Be bold. Jesus, Himself told the disciples about the man who went to his neighbor in the middle of the night for a loaf of bread. The neighbor told him to go away but Jesus said because he was persistent and bold he got what he needed even though the neighbor was irritated. Jesus said how much more will the Father who loves you, give you. If we are truly His children He hears our prayer and He loves when we come to Him. God bless you.

  • Amanda
    Posted at 09:46h, 11 August Reply

    As you know, I have been examining the topic of prayer lately. I have been praying for a few things on behalf of some friends, and praying in belief that circumstances will change, and yet the answer seems to be no, and I wonder why. This is a good reminder to continue to bring our requests to God so that we can continue the relationship with him.

  • Robbie @ Use Resources Wisely
    Posted at 10:50h, 11 August Reply

    Ah i needed this message today.♡

  • Andrea
    Posted at 15:26h, 11 August Reply

    Oh if we don’t pray…..

  • De Bolton
    Posted at 17:50h, 11 August Reply

    I was studying Mark 11:24 this morning and I noticed it was written past tense as if we already receive that which we prayed. I think it all depends on context but I believe in 1 Thes 5:17 Pray without ceasing and that is what I do.

  • Megan Elford
    Posted at 18:09h, 11 August Reply

    This is such wonderful encouragement! I was just talking to a friend about her prayers for a baby and how people can be so discouraging. But God wants to hear the hopes of our heart — thank you for this reminder!

  • Emily
    Posted at 18:27h, 11 August Reply

    There’s also that parable in Luke 18 about the persistent widow where near the end He says, “And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night?” There are so many other verses that talk about persistent prayer too – Col 4 comes to mind. And David – oh my goodness – he says “I cry out day and night” (or something to that effect) throughout the Psalms. Poor guy. I can relate to him. Overall though, I think God wants us to be real with Him. Being real is true intimacy. So crying out over infertility over and over is ok. Definitely ok. I’ve been there myself, btw. Suffered from infertility. And God answered my prayers with not 1 but 3 babies!! Other friends He answered with miracle adoptions. Keep praying. Be persistent. Cry out when you need to – day and night. He hears. And He understands our hearts.

  • Lisa Morris
    Posted at 21:07h, 11 August Reply

    Yes, change your mindset and praise Him while you wait! There is an account in Luke 18 of the woman who was persistent in prayer. I think it is ok to persist in prayer. But do not grow weary if you have to wait!

  • Kristy
    Posted at 20:16h, 12 August Reply

    This is totally on point. God honors the persistent 🙂

  • marie
    Posted at 23:05h, 12 August Reply

    Don’t give up, keep praying.

  • Nikki West
    Posted at 23:50h, 14 August Reply

    Be patient. It may not be God’s timing. Our timing is not God’s timing, and visa versa. Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

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    Posted at 07:02h, 14 December Reply

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