What is the balance in prayer between praying persistently for something (Luke 11:8) and praying with such faith (lack of doubt) that you don't even feel you need to keep praying about a certain matter (Romans 14:23)?

It's confusing to know how to pray. Luke 11:8 seems to say we should keep praying until we receive an answer, but then I've heard we should not doubt and simply pray and believe without continuing to ask (Romans 14:23). Is one way better than another? Is there a balance?

Luke 11:8

ESV - 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Aside from the question of faith, Jesus made clear in other verses (such as Matthew 6:7-8) that God knows everything we need before we ask him, and He advised His followers against "piling up" words in the belief that it would make God more likely to hear them.

I think that, in the passage from Luke cited in the question, Jesus' emphasis was not on the need to pray continually, but on contrasting God's willingness and responsiveness in hearing and answering prayer with the reluctance or slowness that a human might feel or exhibit (even if the human does eventually respond to the one in need). (In Luke 18:1-8 (on basically the same subject), He was more explicit about this.)

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