“To persist in prayer and not give up does not mean endless repetition or painfully long prayer sessions. Constant prayer means keeping our requests continually before God as we live for him day by day, believing he will answer. When we live by faith, we are not to give up. God may delay answering, but his delays always have good reasons. As we persist in prayer, we grow in character, faith, and hope.” – (The life application Bible)
Praying earnestly in faith, trusting HIM unconditionally, including His timing, is what pleases God and it is that type of prayer which moves HIM to act.
It is the total opposite of what Jesus says in Matthew 6:7 “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.” Such babbling is ritualistic in nature, meaning saying something out of a ritual and not from the depth of the heart. A formula rather than a cry from the heart.
We have a loving Father who is totally in love with His children. As in Jesus in Luke 11:13 said “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
So let us make sure that we approach God with a holy (set apart from His glory) attitude, through His Son, with confidence, knowing that like the Father of the prodigal son, He is with His arms wide open ready to shower us with His blessings.