Empty Words

25 03 2015

And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  Matthew 6:7

When we pray, God is never impressed by our long and flowery oration or our ability to recite religious platitudes.  God is moved by the genuine and earnest pleas of his children.  A person that feels as if they need to impress God with their many words simply doesn’t understand what prayer is.  They see prayer as an opportunity to earn spiritual credit or to gain spiritual merit.

But prayer is not an effort to impress God, it is an opportunity to connect with God.  It’s not just about telling God all that you want Him to do, but it is about recognizing His presence, quieting the soul, and basking in the relationship that you have with Him.  It is listening to His voice, hearing His heart, and becoming one with Him in His desire.  It is on the foundation of our relationship with God that authentic and powerful prayer is built.

When you understand  that prayer is really about being in communion with God, then you can begin to understand what it means to “Pray continually.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:17).  It’s not about babbling on and on, it is about walking in relationship with God.



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