Pete and Repeat were out in a boat. Pete fell out. Who was left?

Pete.

Pete and Repeat were out in a boat. Pete fell out. Who was left?

Pete.

Pete and Repeat were….

Get the picture? 🙂 That could go on forever!!! And if you have the right children saying it, it will!!!

Do our prayers sometimes look like Pete and Repeat? I know mine do. I start praying for something, or several somethings, and every day I pray the same thing. Over and over. Day after day. Is this what I think pray without ceasing means (1 Thessalonians 5:17)? Mmm. Don’t think so.

So why do I pray the same thing over and over? Do I think that God hasn’t heard me? Maybe. Has He forgotten that I need His attention in a certain area? I wonder. Or maybe I think that if I pray over and over my persistence will win Him over, He will see things my way, and answer the way I want Him to. Could be. Honestly, I don’t have an answer to these questions. It may be a combination of all of them. Either way, I’m pretty sure this is not what God wants.

When I ask my boys to do their chores over and over again, I am considered a nag. I don’t want to be a nag to God. If I have a close relationship of faith and trust with God, I don’t think I will see a need to nag Him about my prayer requests. I’m pretty sure that is not the kind of loving communication He wants from me either.

In Matthew 6:7-8 Jesus says this: “But when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask them.”

Should we stop praying or asking? Oh no! Remember all the verses where we are told to ask, seek, and knock. But! God does already know our needs before we ask. And He does desire that we talk to Him about them in prayer. Ask Him. But then what does He want from us? Faith and trust. Thank Him for hearing your prayer, and for answering in His timing, according to His will. Does that mean you should stop praying for that one thing? I don’t think so. But I do think once we have placed a request in His hands, we need to leave it there. He has it. He isn’t going to lose our requests, and He isn’t going to forget them. So let us then trust Him and thank Him for His faithfulness. This is not an easy thing to do, but then leaps of faith never are. Who better to trust to be faithful, though, than our mighty God?