Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | June 8, 2013

June 8, 2013 “Do Not Keep On Babbling”

“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (Matthew 6:7-8)

Good Morning Fellow Prayers!

This morning, I was considering our church’s mission statement, “Loving God, Loving people, Making Disciples.” I appreciate it because it is concise, succinct, and straight to the point in defining what we understand to be our mission as a church. It is not wordy or rambling. The verse which is the point of our reflection this morning is from the Sermon on the Mount. Here, Jesus instructs us on how NOT to pray. He tells us not to be prayer “babblers”.  Now we all have known some people who just babble on incessantly, and most of us find that to be quite annoying. They say things over and over and it is tedious to listen to them. I believe Jesus is instructing us that repeating the same words over and over like some magic incantation is not how we should be praying. While it is not wrong to come to God many times with the same request (for we are to be persistent prayers), it is wrong to pray insincerely. We can never pray too much if our prayers are sincere, but before we start to pray, we should make sure that we mean what we say. God is not impressed with flowery repetition. That’s prayer babble. But prayers that come from a sincere heart and true desire are pleasing to God. Pray concisely. Get straight to the point. God knows what you need even before you ask him. Trust him, for He knows your heart. Let’s pray!

All-Knowing Heavenly Father; You taught us to pray “Give us this day our daily bread”, for in making that petition, we can be sure that what we need will be provided, for you know our needs even better than we do. You are the God who provides, and we praise you in the blessed Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen

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