Persistence In Prayer
1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJVPray without ceasing.
Romans 12:12 KJVRejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.
New King James VersionRejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.
Christian Standard BibleRejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.
Persistence vs Repetition In Prayer
Matthew 6:7 KJVBut when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Berean Literal BibleAnd praying, do not use vain repetitions like the pagans, for they think that in their many words they will be heard.
New King James VersionAnd when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
New American Standard Version“And when you are praying, do not use thoughtless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard because of their many words.
- What is repetitive prayer?
In repetitive prayer, the one who prays, recycles the same prayer point over and over again in one prayer session, because they think maybe God did not hear them the first time they raised that prayer point. This is often due to lack of faith, and God hates it.
- What Is Persistence In Prayer?
In persistent prayer, the same request is taken to God each time one gets in the place of prayer. There is no repetition here but perseverance. This is acceptable.
Persistent Prayer Parable
Luke 18:1-8 NIVThen Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ 4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’” 6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Why Is Persistence in Prayer Important?
- Persisting in prayer convinces God that we really want what we are seeking for.
- In persistent prayer, one thing clearly stands out: our level of faith.
Benefits of Persistent Prayer
- When we persist in prayer, we are obeying God's instruction to pray without giving up.
- Persistent prayer teaches patience.
- Persistent prayer builds our faith.
- It builds our trust in God.
- While we persist by praying consistently and waiting on God, we also grow spiritually.
- Persistent prayer brings us closer to God.
- Our perseverance pleases God. It validates to Him, our faith and trust in Him.
Psalm 105:19 ESVUntil what he had said came to pass, the word of the LORD tested him.
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