This is a very popular question in regards to how we pray. Do we just make a request to God once? Are we supposed to pray the same thing over and over again? What difference does it make, can’t He just read our minds? Are we doing the wrong thing by praying for the same thing, over and over again?
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:9
I’ll be the first to admit that I have no idea how prayer works at the end of the day. I know what the Bible says about prayer and I know that Jesus prayed, but how everything works? No clue. In fact, I’m very much ok with not knowing how everything works because I believe that’s what makes God…God. If we could figure out everything God does and how He does it, it seems like he wouldn’t be much of a god.
So then, should we pray the same thing over and over again? The answer is yes. Why? Jesus did.
Jesus Prayed Over And Over Again For The Same Thing
While Jesus was in the garden of gethsemane on the night He was betrayed, He went away to pray to His Father multiple times. Each time He came back talking to His disciples, then He would retreat again to pray the same thing.
“So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again.” – Matthew 26:44
If Jesus prayed the same thing and prayed over and over again, why would we think we should pray any differently? It’s an odd feeling to pray for the same thing, but that is what Jesus did and there’s a reason for it. God doesn’t make mistakes and Jesus didn’t just “happen” to pray multiple times, using the same words. He modeled this for us as an example of how to pray.
I don’t believe it’s because God is a cruel God who just wants you to repeat yourself, but rather I think it’s a way to spend more time with Him and show reverence to the One who deserves it the most. Also, I think that if we pray multiple times over something, chances are, we really are serious about it. I can’t speak into every motivation behind multiple prayers, but I know I’ve been guilty of just praying for something once, and then I’m done. That has shown me personally over time that I really didn’t care about what or who I was praying for.
Be encouraged today as you pray to our Heavenly Father, to pray the same thing over and over again. Glorify God in your prayers by spending more time with Him and trusting He’s hearing your every word. Since His ways and thoughts are higher than ours anyway, trust that He is in control and will provide for your every need.
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