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How to Know When You’ve Prayed Long Enough

Have you ever wondered how to know when you’ve prayed for something long enough? I do this emotional dance where I feel burdened about something and I want to just keep talking to God about it. But I know that if I were God, I’d be getting tired of hearing it. I don’t want to nag God. Can you relate with me on this?

Granted, I’ve heard sermons about how God is our loving Father and He delights in us, and of course He wants to hear what is on our minds. And I’ve believed it, but still. My mind has always asked the question, “If God knows what I’m thinking, does He really want me to continue to verbalize it? Shouldn’t I just say it once and trust Him with it?”

Lets be honest – I relate to God out of my experience. I do not appreciate when my children ask for something over and over and over again. My thought is always “I heard you the first time and I’m thinking about it. I will be much more likely to form an answer if you be quiet and let me think.” So, my instinct with God is to bite my tongue and let Him work.

This has been something I’ve dealt with for many, many years. You can imagine my relief when God finally spoke to me about it. He said,

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6, 7

Did you catch that? He wants me – you – us to pray about everything. Let Him know all our requests. And His incomprehensible peace, will guard, surround, protect our hearts and minds. Friends, this is how to know when we’ve prayed about something long enough – Jesus will give us peace.

When we feel anxious and like we need to keep talking to God, our Father, about whatever it is, He wants us to do it. He wants us to talk until our anxiety gives way to peace.

The words "Pray until the peace presses in!" against a sunset sky.
Peace lets you know you’ve prayed long enough!

If you’re not there yet, friend, keep talking. Keep praying. The peace will come. And that is how you will know you’ve prayed long enough.

25 replies on “How to Know When You’ve Prayed Long Enough”

Good morning Mamalava, I asked this same question at Bible study last year. I also struggle with “I am displaying distrust when I keep praying about the same thing.” My Bible study ladies disagreed and said it’s good to keep asking. Your insight sounds correct. Pray about the same thing until you have peace. I’m glad God knows our hearts and minds and things we ponder. Good post.

How’s everyone’s health now?

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Yes! I was thinking about how sometimes, when I am not sure I’ve posed my question the right way with a public official or authority figure, and I don’t get the answer I hope for, I have to walk away with that wish that I could argue my case some more or rephrase. God isn’t a “one chance conversation” God. If I walk away and still have more to say, I can come back. I can keep talking until I’ve said everything I have to say. His answer was known to Him before I even started, but He is so faithful to hear me out. And, from that place of peace, it is easier to accept His answer. Following someone who cares enough to hear is easier for me. What a great and mighty and patient God who cares about the smallest details of our lives! Indescribable- truly!

We’re on the upswing, health-wise. Thank you! I think it may take awhile to get our stamina back, but we’re feeling better everyday now, instead of the other way around. Thanks for asking!

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Well said. It is a comfort to talk to our best friend, who actually Hears and listens. And always does what is best for us. I’m so glad you and yours are on the upswing. Thank you God for taking care of my friend.

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Good thoughts Bonnie.Thanks. Glad to hear y’all are on the mend.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances” . – I Thessalonians 5:16

These Divine guidelines are more effective than any vaccine, but a needed reminder for this ole duffer to consistently apply 24/7 during in these Covid times. My solace is knowing prayers are timeless . . . He hears and answers each and every prayer in His perfect way and perfect timing.
Be Blessed!

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Actually, prayer should be a two-way conversation. We just love our own voices too much! 😁
A blogger recently posted: “Whenever you pray, expect instructions, not answers. You should KNOW that your prayers are answered.” – Nkongho Nkwako Anang

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I don’t know about you, but God doesn’t always answer right away. I guess that is an answer of “wait”. But He lets us keep talking anyway. He lets us get it all out. And He gives us peace at the end. He is much more patient than I am! Thanks for reminding me to open my ears as well as my mouth! Have a great day!

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Well done!!! I must confess I nag God a lot… He hasn’t told me to “be quiet”, or “enough with the memos, daughter”–so I guess we’re good!! I love Him SO MUCH, and to know that He loves me even MORE–it’s just too good! Have a blessed evening, Sister dear! ❤

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Thank you- He hasn’t told me to pipe down yet either. In fact, I like to use a lot of words with God, these days, so I can narrow them down and only use a few on my husband. Lol! God is patient to help me talk stuff out and help me understand the crux of an issue- once I have that peace, then I can take it to my husband and I don’t have to be a nagging wife 😉

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Great insights into prayer…and when we have God’s peace, we can “rest” from a particular prayer. I also love what C.S. Lewis said about prayer: “I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God. It changes me.” God LOVES for us to talk with Him, pour out our hearts to Him, all the time!

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