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2. Pray the Same Prayer
In some instances if not all the instances when what we are asking of from God has not been granted we shall continue to make mention of what we want to him. Just as a friend would continue to tell his friend, colleague and partner that he is yet to do that which he is asking from him, it is the same with us, we shall keep telling God the same thing, because we have not been answered, to show him that at that moment that is the thing at the apex of our minds. However, while doing this, some of the things we are adding to the prayer would be changed, even so with our friends when talking with them, we may have to involve some other friends, and or their spouses to help us in impressing our cases to our friends better. This is the same with God, when we continue to repeat the same thing there may be problems because he is not deaf and heard us at the first instance, and it may mean that our prayers are being delayed and or denied because of some things inside of us that he is seeing which he does not like nor conform to his words. But immediately we address those things, the answers would come. Let us see one or more people who repeated the same prayer until they were answered.
(a) Israelites in Egypt land
The Israelites in the land of Egypt did not change the title of their prayer when they were still in servitude, and the title of their prayer was that God should deliver them from the land of slavery, take them out and lead them to the land of their own which he has promised their ancestors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. How they offer the prayer and the words the utter may be alternating but the basis of the prayer is that they be delivered. This form of repetition was seen by God as “sighing” and “groaning” to him and he when raising and sending Moses told them that he has seen their sighing and cries.
“And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage.
“And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.
“And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.” (Exo 2:23-25)
Repeating the same thing, the same phrase, the same word to the Lord does not mean he is deaf and we should neither misconstrue this to mean that he is deaf as nor to see it as vain repetitions (as it is stated in Matthew 6:7 that we should avoid vain repetitions) but it is means of impressing our demands on him because as at that moment he is yet to do what we are asking from him as did the Israelites here.
(b) Story of the widow
Jesus himself makes another illustration with this respect in the book of Luke chapter 18 from verse one that:
“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
“Saying, there was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
“And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
“And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
“Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
“And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
“And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?” (Luk 18:1-7)
From the above illustration of how to pray we shall see that the woman keeps repeating a prayer to the king because he was yet to do what she wishes and desires her to do for her. However, there are slight changes in the rudiments of the prayer as she makes her points known to the king daily.
(c) Daniel’s Fasting and Prayer
We read that Daniel prayed a prayer and fasted for the same prayer point for three weeks before he was answered. The answers to his prayers would have gotten to him assuming he stopped, but he did not stop to present his reasons to the Lord. However, his was not a garbage in garbage out, or that he is inputting the same thing into the system of the heavenlies, and expecting different answers because that would not be possible, but at instances which of course are not documented in the Holy writ, he changes the genomes of the prayer points which moved God to look down from on high to know what it could have been the matter with him and he sees that it was the enemies, the fallen angel who is called the prince of the kingdom of Persia that has withstood the person he has sent. He thence sent another angel to help and liberate the angel he has sent so that the answers to the prayers of his servant would get to him.
“Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.
“But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.” (Dan 10:12-13)
The examples shown above show that those people though prayed the same prayer, but the means and or words stated to God changes, how they expressed themselves to their heavenly father changes bringing to the remembrance of their God that he was yet to do that thing which weighs down their hearts and desires that he does it for he has promised that he will do that which anyone asks of him. The means of taken their petitions to God triggers God and he was able to answer their prayers. If we are though taking the same word to the Lord the means of bringing the petition to the Lord would be altered so that he will change his mind and disposition to what we are asking and he would look down from on high to know what it is that is causing the delay to the answered prayers if he has answered as it happened to prophet Daniel in the bible. However, if we continue to repeat the same words without substantial backing it is certain that our prayers would not be attended to because our God is neither deaf nor dumb. (Isa. 59:1)
In the next article we shall see some other points.
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