“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.”
Matthew 6:7 NKJV
In Matthew 6, Jesus taught His disciples and by extension us about prayer. First, He taught us not to pray to impress people or use vain repetitions while praying.
“When you pray, there is no need to repeat empty phrases, praying like those who don’t know God, for they expect God to hear them because of their many words.”
Matthew 6:6-7 TPT
Now this raises a question; if the same Jesus teaches us to be tenacious in prayer, what then could He be referring to as vain repetitions? I’d like to first establish that importunity in prayer and vain repetitions don’t mean the same thing.
While, importunity in prayer has to do with consecration, vain repetitions are only focused on needs. In importunity in prayer, there are repetitions but they are however not vain and the major difference between these two subjects is MOTIVE.
For example, the Bible talks about how Jesus prayed continually and how the angels worship God day and night without ceasing (Matthew 26:36-42, Revelation 4:8). This is consecration.
Vain repetitions on the other hand, is a display of lack of trust in God. Look, repeating your needs to God a million times is not necessary at all because as a responsible Father, He already knows what you need and if you don’t remember that He’s responsible, your prayer will always be petty (Matthew 6:7-8).
Dear friends, the same way an infant doesn’t need to chase his mother before she feeds him is the same way you don’t need to chase God before He meets your needs. You’re a baby in God’s hands and He’s a responsible Father. He will surely take care of you.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 14:1-14, 1 Timothy 3:1-10, Proverbs 4, Ezra 6