The #1 Biggest Praying Mistake

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Have you ever heard the phrase, “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”?

Or the phrase, “practice makes perfect”? Which implies that you got it wrong so you need to keep trying.

These phrases imply our understanding of the need for persistence.

Most people have a basic understanding of the need to not give up if you don’t experience success the first time you try it.

This same principle applies to prayer, but somehow we’ve missed it.

The #1 Biggest Praying Mistake

Luke 11:5-10 Imagine that one of your friends comes over at midnight. He bangs on the door and shouts, “Friend, will you lend me three loaves of bread?  A friend of mine just showed up unexpectedly from a journey, and I don’t have anything to feed him.”  Would you shout out from your bed, “I’m already in bed, and so are the kids. I already locked the door. I can’t be bothered”?  You know this as well as I do: even if you didn’t care that this fellow was your friend, if he keeps knocking long enough, you’ll get up and give him whatever he needs simply because of his brash persistence!

 So listen: Keep on asking, and you will receive. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened for you. All who keep asking will receive, all who keep seeking will find, and doors will open to those who keep knocking.

So before you get too carried away and think that this verse means that if you persist in prayer enough, God will give you the new sports cars you’ve wanted. I want to point out that Jesus has just instructed His disciples on the model prayer, which gives a guideline on how and what to pray for – God’s kingdom to come, His will to be done, meet daily needs, provide forgiveness, and deliverance from temptation.

Sorry, didn’t see sports car mentioned anywhere.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, Jesus is saying that the biggest mistake you make in prayer is not being persistent.

Maybe you’ve prayed for God to work in you and help you move past certain sinful habits and there seems to be nothing but silence on the other side. Maybe you’ve prayed for the salvation of a friend or family member and no answer.

And your response has been to stop praying about it.

Jesus would disagree with your response. He would say that’s a big mistake.

The answer is to keep

Jesus would say the answer is to keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking and keep praying.

Don’t stop asking just because you think God isn’t listening. In the example Jesus gives, He is using imperfect people to make a point. But you have to remember that God is perfect. Your prayers are not falling on deaf ears.

God hears your request and will answer according to His good and perfect will.

Jesus might say, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.