I don’t really think we can put a number on this one. There’s just no formula that can be applied when it comes to our interaction with God. He is real, He wants to hear from us, and wants us to hear Him. And honestly, every situation is different, how we pray will be different each time. For example, I have been praying for my oldest child for a long time. My heart’s desire is that he would completely surrender his life to God. I could ask once, and then figure God heard it and will answer. Because He did, and He will. But still, every single day I think about my son and how my heart longs to have him sitting in the chair next to me at church. So, in the morning when I curl up on the couch to pray my mind and my heart go there…God knows they go there. God wants me to know that He knows. So, in my interaction with God I speak His Word over my son’s life. Specifically I pray Psalm 107:20 in regards to my son. It goes something like this, “God, I thank You that You sent your Word and healed my son and delivered him from his destruction. Thank You that Your hand is on his life. Your Word says, ‘train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it’, I believe Your Word, God, and I have trained this child in Your ways. Thank you that when he is old he will not depart from them”. I will pray this prayer every day until that Sunday morning when my son is sitting in the chair next to me here at Life Bridge, and long after that. See, prayer is for us too. It is a way to keep our faith and focus on God in the midst of our difficult situation. Still need a formula? How about this: 1) Ask Him for it; 2) Thank Him for it until you see it; then 3) Thank Him some more.
Romans 12:12 Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.