DO NOT USE VAIN REPETITIONS Dec 21, 2015 21:01:01 GMT -5
Post by tomdurst on Dec 21, 2015 21:01:01 GMT -5
DO NOT USE VAIN REPETITIONS
"But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.”--—Matthew 6:6-8 NKJV
Prayer should never be used as a means of display but should be practiced in quietness and not composed of repetitive words. Could anything be plainer than what these verses say about true prayer? Why do we think we need to have so many words? Are they to inform God or make Him our servant in some way? Even in a face to face conversation with another person we mostly run out of words and end up making small talk unless a new topic can be introduced that opens the way for some meaningful communication. How can we keep using words to communicate with God without having vain repetitions? If you were to spend an hour in prayer using words just what would those words be? In view of the fact that "your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him" why is it that there is such fear of waiting upon God in the simplicity of silence in which we let go of words and thoughts and just open our hearts for the infilling of His love, wisdom, grace, joy, and peace? Let us be receptive to all that God has for us and not harden our hearts because we have allowed so many years of false teachings and traditions to blind us. Traditions are not intrinsically wrong but sometimes they can be hindrances to really knowing God if we get overly enamored with them.
“It is in this stillness and silence that all of the power of God takes place,and it is then that the real work of our lives is accomplished.”—Joel S Goldsmith, 1954 Infinite Way Letters, p. 61
I invite you to read the companion article YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER ALREADY KNOWS which is on the link below:
YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER ALREADY KNOWS