Pray, pray, pray again


  • How do I pray?
  • Bible prayers
  • Faith and perseverance

Or is it “try, try, try again?”

What if Lincoln had given up?

What if Lincoln had given up?

My heart goes out to atheists, agnostics and struggling Christians whose experience with prayer has been negative. Typically, they gave it a try, and nothing happened. No answer. Just silence.

I wish to gently suggest that in many cases, nothing went wrong. You just need to keep praying. The Bible talks directly and indirectly about persevering in prayer.

From Exchangewisdom

From Exchangewisdom

Now, if your loved one passed on, I don’t want to sound trite. I want to give you a hug. I don’t know why prayers “didn’t work.” The Bible says that God knows what He’s doing. Many times what we want doesn’t correspond to what He wants. Forgive me if this “answer” doesn’t “answer” your legitimate hurts. I am not criticizing or making fun of your efforts or experience. Some people cannot assimilate old age, sickness and accidents in a fallen world, and plain old mortality. Why is God blamed?

From Pam Boyd's Blog

From Pam Boyd’s Blog

In other cases, you simply need to keep praying. God hasn’t responded negative. He just hasn’t responded as quickly as you would like. In Luke 18 tells of an unjust judge. What’s extraordinary about the story is that most parable don’t have an explanation; it’s open to your interpretation. But this one says: Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up Luke 18:1 NIV.

From invivo

From invivo

The judge accepted bribes, but because a certain poor woman demanded daily justice, she wore the corrupt judge down. Just to get her off his back, he ruled in her favor.

The parable works by contrast: how much more so will the Just Judge in Heaven rule in our favor? But we must continue to pray.

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37 responses to “Pray, pray, pray again

  1. 1 Corinthians 13:12
    For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

  2. If you have never read Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard, I would HIGHLY recommend it. He has an excellent chapter about the Lord’s prayer that gave me a new perspective on prayer 🙂

    http://thelilyandthemarrow.wordpress.com/

  3. I agree 100%. I had a situation personally where I was mad at God and am ashamed of some of the conversations I had with him. This problem started on February 16, 1989 and seven years to the day February 16, 1996 God answered my prayers. I have a nephew who is an Atheist and he got into some legal trouble. He said he became an Atheist when he prayed for God to get him out of the trouble and nothing happened. So two weeks later he took things into his own hands and immediately the problem went away.

    I told him first of all that God does not work like Dominoes. Prayers answered in thirty minutes or less….Then I told him it was a shame that he was such an egomaniac that he was to blind to see that God DID answer his prayers. None so blind as those who will not see.

  4. This is great! I pray that someone is motivated behind this. God bless you for this share!

  5. God doesn’t work on our time table so it’s hard to say if an answer to prayer is taking a long time. We all need to realize he works in a “lack of time” or eternity where there is no time kept. We also need to understand that even when we think he hasn’t answered, perhaps he has but it’s simply not the answer we expected or wanted and sometimes it’s as simple as the answer being “No.” very similar to any parent who knows best for their child. But he does answer every prayer and every answer is according to his plan and guidance and not ours.

    I don’t know where I would be without prayer, not only does it open up a communication line between myself and God but it also, no matter what the answer might be, gives me solace and peace knowing that he is listening and his arms are wrapped around me each time I pray.

    Great post!

    God bless

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  7. I agree we take things into our own hands because we are impatient.

  8. You should pray yes…but I think that if you are good, good things happen to you…I don’t like to ask anything in my prayers cause I think God give me all the tools to survive…ask for more maybe is just greed.

  9. Thank you so much for this post! My husband and I have been praying and praying and praying for months now for a child, and it is difficult to persevere and keep going – just relying on faith that God is listening and has His perfect timing! 😉 I pray that this blog touches others, and I ask you and anyone who may come across this comment to pray for my husband and I and for our family! 🙂
    In Christ…

  10. Hey Pastor Mike, we taught the kids this on Sunday. Its funny, I hear it on Sunday, and its on your blog on Monday. It must be our Father saying the same thing to everyone in the family. Keep up the good work, and PB&J!

  11. As usual, something to think about.

  12. Thanks for the encouragement

  13. I agree: we must pray without ceasing. I think the part that trips most folks up is the ultimate goal of that unceasing prayer.
    – Are we praying until God gives us our way? Or…
    – Are we praying until we give God his way?
    Thanks for making me think… and keep up the great work!
    Be blessed!

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  16. Life ends not at the time one stop breathing, but at the time of one giving up and stop trying anymore. Great people are tested with obstacles & challenges, and their persistent prove who they are.

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