Don’t Babble on!

But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.  Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!

Repeating the same words over and over like a magic incantation is no way to ensure that God will hear your prayer.
It’s not wrong to come to God many times with the same requests-Jesus encourages persistent prayer.
But he condemns the shallow repetition of words that are not offered with a sincere heart.
We can never pray too much if our prayers are honest and sincere.
Before you start to pray, make sure you mean what you say.

***  Thoughts from Life Application Study Bible Devotions, 8 June 2015  ***


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