Why Pray Continually?

Why pray continually? Doesn’t God hear our prayer the first time? Why do we sometimes have to pray the same thing over and over and over?

We walk in a dangerous place. Sometimes deceptively beautiful, but the war between good and evil rages on because the enemy (satan) is relentless. You may be facing a spiritual war in your own life or in your family, just as we are in a spiritual war in our country and in our world. Prayer is the key weapon for us to use in these battles.

You may be thinking, Well, I did pray. God hasn’t answered.

If we were being attacked by a thug, would we throw one punch and stop, allowing the attacker to overtake us? No! We would keep fighting, defending our self with determined endurance. That’s what it’s like in spiritual battles.

We can’t just throw one prayer up. Oh, sometimes we can, for much smaller battles. But not for battles that war against our soul, our purpose, our destiny. Not when it’s an attack on the well-being of our family. And not when our country is overrun by evil. We must keep praying until we see victory. Yet so often we give up the fight too soon. We can get discouraged because all we see is the battle and we think it looks like we’re losing.

As long as we are praying, the battle is being fought in the spiritual realm–“we don’t fight against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12). There is a spiritual war raging—continually.

That’s why we must pray continually (2 Thessalonians 5:17), and pray always (Ephesians 6:18), and continue steadfastly in prayer (Colossians 4:1), and be devoted to prayer (Romans 12:12).

It took thirteen years to pray my son out of addiction. All that time, the enemy warred for my son’s soul because of his destiny. But through much prayer, the enemy was defeated, and my son entered his destiny as a pastor. Do you see how the enemy tried to thwart God’s plan? What if I had stopped praying at times when things got worse and I thought there was no hope?

Can you see how the enemy is warring for our country’s purpose of being a shining city on a hill for Christ?

Jesus said, “Always pray, and don’t lose heart” (Luke 18:1). In other words, don’t get discouraged and give up!

Each battle takes different amounts of time and effort, different kinds of fighting, and different weapons. Prayer is our weapon, and there are many kinds of prayer weapons. For example:

  • Some are simple prayers like pouring our heart out to God.
  • Others are more complex weapons like using Scripture in prayer—”the sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17).
  • Some pray in a spiritual language.

Whatever weapon you use, it doesn’t work in its case any more than the Bible works on the shelf. We must take it out and use it. And depending on the battle, keep using it for as long as it takes to win the battle. We can’t fire one round in a war, and we can’t fire one round of prayers in a spiritual war. The enemy will keep firing. Remember, he is relentless. It’s hard and it’s exhausting, but we can’t allow him to get the upper hand for a moment.

So whatever prayer weapon you use, don’t put it down. Don’t give up and put it away. It will work, but you’re going to need to use it often, if not constantly, so keep it close at hand. If we do, eventually the enemy will flee (James 4:7) as we resist him in prayer. But until then, we must fight in prayer continually. There will be victory and reprieve, in God’s timing. Until the next thug comes along.

“Pray continually.” Or, “Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIV & NKJV

Or as someone has said, “Pray without ceasing because satan is preying without ceasing.”


Friends, this is why I am so passionate about praying for America. Will you commit to pray too? I’d love for you to agree with me in prayer in the coming weeks as I post Scriptural prayers for America. Today’s prayer includes our world:

Lord, Creator of all the earth, show Your greatness and holiness; make Yourself known in the sight of many nations so they will know that You are the LORD (Genesis 1:1, Ezekiel 38:23). Reveal Yourself and Your love to our lost world (Psalm 25:14). May Your grace be known to all people (Titus 2:11).

Father, we seek the welfare of our nation, not only for ourselves, but for the sake of every nation we can be a blessing to (Jeremiah 29:7). May America continue to declare Your glory among the nations (1 Chronicles 16:24). May You continue to bless America so we can continue to be a blessing to the world (2 Corinthians 9:8). Lord, restore our strength that we may continue to feed the hungry, help those in trouble, and shine Your light in dark places (Isaiah 58:10-11).

Father God, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6). Do not be silent as those who hate them seek to wipe them out (Psalm 83:1-18). O God, may You be glorified and (Isaiah 49:3) redeem Israel out of all its troubles (Psalm 25:22).  And may You bless those who bless them (Genesis 12:2-3).

Lord, You are high above all nations (Psalm 113:4). May Your ways be known throughout the earth; may Your saving power be known to people everywhere. May all nations fear You and praise You, then all will be blessed (Psalm 67:5-7). For You are the hope of all the world (Matthew 12:21). Joyful are those who have You as their Lord (Psalm 144:15).

In Jesus’ name and for His sake. Amen.

What would you add to this prayer? Join the conversation in the comments here or on social media.


Friends, if you’d like to join me in praying for America, or if praying for America seems daunting to you and you’re not sure what or how to pray for America, I’ll be posting specific prayers in the upcoming weeks. I hope you’ll pray with me. Be sure you’re subscribed here to get the next prayer.


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  1. Kathy Barrett on April 26, 2024 at 12:30 pm

    Well done, Penny! Yes, I will pray with you for America, and as a Spirit leads! As I was praying the prayer contained in this post I was praying in my spiritual language and felt the power go out. Thank you for leading us and praying God‘s word back to Him. Blessed assurance!

  2. Penny Cooke on April 26, 2024 at 12:41 pm

    Oh, Kathy, thank you! That’s so encouraging.
    There’s always hope with God!
    Thanks for praying with me, dear friend.

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