Pray Hard?

Editor’s note: the following was originally published on Amanda Henderson’s Facebook page and was edited with permission to fit the format of Land. Visit her webiste to find out more about all that Jesus has provided for us in Him.  

Is it really necessary to pray hard or keep on asking our heavenly Father for the same thing? No, actually it isn’t necessary.

Unfortunately, Christians are sometimes taught this through religious tradition, falling into deception started by not really knowing that we have a heavenly Daddy who cares so very much about everything that concerns us (1 Pet 5:7).

If He cares, does this also mean that He worries about those things? No, it actually means He has already acted to provide for our needs by grace (and not by many prayers), having provided those things ahead of time freely in Christ (2 Pet 1:3).

In a sense, He has already “run down to the store” to take care of those things for us, preparing for us to have those things even before the foundation of the world (Isa 65:24)!

It’s His nature to want to serve us – as was perfectly revealed by Jesus (John 14:9).

For instance, did Jesus ever deny someone who sincerely asked Him for something (not like the Canaanite woman who pretended to be Jewish, or the Pharisees who frequently were just testing Him? Did He make them get on their knees and beg for a while before He would answer?

No.

Jesus was quick to say, “What can I do for you (Mk 10:51)?”

Because He carried the burden of the whole world’s shortcomings on His own shoulders, the word reveals Him as the Great Servant who came to serve all mankind salvation (Mt 20:25-28; Lk 12:37)!

One reason for this misrepresentation of Him being hesitant to answer us might be due to at least one Bible (mis)interpretation of Lk 11:9-10, where the translators wrote, “Ask and keep on asking and it shall be given to you…

First of all, it needs to be noted that the word ask (as it is also for the words seek and knock in these verses) only occurs once in the original Greek text. So it’s erroneous to then translate the original Greek scripture as “ask, and keep asking; seek, and keep seeking,” etc.

This verb ask is in the present tense, which means that if you need healing today, then ask for that immediately. If you happen to also need provision in the same day, then ask Him for that too!

In other words, since we are His children in continual fellowship with Him, it’s normal to confidently ask our heavenly Father for the things we need daily and expect to also receive them.

Our communion with Him never stops – it’s present tense. Jesus really meant it when He said that He is always with us (Mt 28:20).

Although He has already provided all these things, ask Him daily as you live and move and have your being in Him for whatever you may need at the moment (Act 17:28).

This is our walk of faith: we LIVE by faith (Rom 1:17). It’s similar to breathing.

If we breathe once, are we then finished with breathing? No, we keep on breathing in the present tense – thanks to God.

However, we don’t need to ask Him twice for the same thing – that would imply that He’s hard of hearing. LOL.

Instead, go ahead and thank Him for answering your prayers by faith, knowing that He heard and has certainly answered you (Dan 9:23, 1John 5:14-15).

In seeking understanding, some also refer to the parable of the widow who repeatedly asked for help from an unjust judge (Lk 18:1-8). When Jesus told this story, He was actually contrasting the difference between our heavenly Father and a worldly judge – for we know God is absolutely a just Judge, right?

Jesus made the point that if an unjust, annoyed judge will treat a person correctly, then how much more will our caring, heavenly Father abundantly provide for each of us (Ps 34:10, Lk 18:8)!

Knowing His constant love for us is what gives us endurance to not faint in our hearts and give up our confident hope in Him (Lk 18:1).

However, if we were to inaccurately believe that our prayers are hit or miss with Him and that He may not answer us at all, then this wrong belief would certainly cause us to become weary, eventually giving up the expectation that His wonderful plans for us will absolutely come to pass.

Praise God – He’s not like that! He’s a good, GOOD Father who delights in giving us (His children) good gifts all the time (Mt 7:11)!

1 Pet 5:72 Pet 1:3Isa 65:24 John 14:9Mk 10:51; Mt 20:25-28Lk 12:37Lk 11:9-10Mt 28:20Act 17:28Rom 1:17Dan 9:231 John 5:14-15Lk 18:1-8; Ps 34:10Mt 7:11

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