Matthew 6:7-8 NIV, “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.
I’ve prayed with followers of Jesus in many traditions. When it comes to us Evangelicals, we are the wordy ones. In this text, Jesus says that it is pagans who don’t know the Father who ramble on endlessly, assuming that the more words said, the better the prayer and the more likely God will hear and answer.
Why so many words? Might it be that we have forgotten that our loving Father already knows what we need before we ask? Do we really believe we need to inform Him of something He does not yet know? How would our prayers become simpler if we really believed that He both…
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