Prayer requires patience. Oftentimes, a duration of time exists between when we pray to God, and when we receive from Him. So is it, as some believers argue, a lack of faith to pray to God about the same thing more than once? That is, if after we have prayed we believe, what needs is their to revisit the same matter in prayer?
Jesus says, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). In this verse, the words “ask,” “seek,” and “knock,” are in the present tense. In Greek, the language this verse was originally written in, the present tense denotes a continuous action. This suggests that it is biblical to pray to God about the same thing more than once.
But some may argue that although Jesus tells us to keep asking, seeking, and knocking; He simply means we should always be prayerful but not about the same thing.
So let us consider the two people I believe are the best examples in the New Testament—Paul and Jesus. In his second letter to the church at Corinth, Paul talks about his “thorn in the flesh,” he refers to as a messenger of Satan. He said, “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me” (2 Cor. 12:8). That means he prayed three times to the Lord about the same thing. Should we consider this to be a lack of faith because this great apostle prayed thusly? I think not.
But just in case someone says Paul was wrong to do so, let’s go to Jesus. Before His apprehension to be crucified, He prayed at Gethsemane. He requested that the bitter cup He was about to drink pass from Him. He prayed this prayer a second time. “And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words” (Matthew 26:44). So Jesus also prayed to God about the same thing more than once.
We conclude that it is not unbiblical for us to pray to God about the same thing more than once. Moreover, our doing so is not necessarily a lack of faith. Our faith in God is not merely a function of how many times we pray about the same thing.
On the other hand, our prayer life must be more than just religious activity. The real measure of faith with respect to prayer is not how many times we pray to God about the same thing, but what we do as a result of prayer. After we pray in faith, the peace of God and confidence should rule in our heart.
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