Is Repetitive Prayer a Sin?

Is repetitive prayer a sin? That depends. Scripture addresses it from two perspectives. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible #Prayer

How often should we pray about the same thing? Is once enough, or should we pray repeatedly? 

Scripture gives two perspectives:

Matthew 6:7-8 says we shouldn’t keep babbling prayers like the pagans do. 

This means we shouldn’t think repetitious prayers have some magical power. We communicate with God in prayer, we don't manipulate Him.(1)

God knows our needs, but our prayers prove our trust in Him.

That’s why we’re commanded to pray continually about everything (1 Thessalonians 5:17; Philippians 4:6).

Luke 18:1-8 tells us that God also values persistent prayer. This passage specifically mentions God's desire for justice. It's always good to pray for God's justice.

But how often should we pray about the same thing? 

Sometimes God wants us to pray long term. Other times He gives us peace to pray a request and move on. 

There's more than one right answer to this question. We need to be led by God's Spirit (Ephesians 6:18; Romans 8:26).(2)
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(1) Some of the name-it-and-claim-it beliefs are like these pagan prayers. Teachers who suggest we must use the right words when speaking about or praying about problems are teaching pagan superstition, not faith. Scripture tells us to focus on the blessings in our lives because dwelling on the hard things causes discouragement. But this doesn't mean we deny our problems or never speak of them.
(2) There is one situation where God tells us not to pray (1 John 5:16), but He will give us clear guidance if this is the case. For more on prayer, see 5 Requirements of Prayer and  Pieces Parts Bible Study.

Is repetitive prayer a sin? That depends. Scripture addresses it from two perspectives. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible #Prayer

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