ESV - 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.
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When I read Luke 18:1-8 The Parable of the Persistent Widow, it gives me hope for my consistent prayers to God. I know as someone who suffers from chronic pain from an undiagnosed or explainable disease, I will always pray for healing. I will also always pray for the salvation of my sister and many other family members. I believe praying in this way draws me closer to God and helps me to hear his plans and voice in my life. And through this, I am able to hopefully, discern that I am praying in his will. Also see Luke 11:5-12, Matthew 7:7-11
I think that attitude plays a part in this situation. Jesus made clear that God knows what we need before we ask Him (Matthew 6:8). However, I would say that even repeated prayer, or prayer offered by multiple people, does not displease or exasperate God, as long as it is offered in sincerity and humility, with a willingness to wait upon God's timing, and also with faith in God knowing the answer that is best for us. (For example, Acts 12:5 refers to many Christians praying for Peter's safety.) (However, I find it interesting that, despite the faith of those praying, they nevertheless initially found it unbelievable that God had actually responded (Acts 12:12-16).) It is offering persistent prayer solely in the belief that repetition has greater influence with God; or praying as a matter of ritual or rote without true reflection on the words being said; or coming to God in supplication while inwardly demanding that God respond in a specific way, that show a need for greater personal faith.
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