“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him.” Matthew 6:7-8 (New Living Translation).
There is a real temptation to babble and ramble when you are talking to God because in dealing with people, we often have to repeat ourselves to be better understood or to persuade others to give us what we want. However, in prayer, you must get to the point and talk to God like He already knows what you need. You are inviting Him into your situation, and you are putting your trust in Him.
Make a point of not saying the same thing over and over. This is going to take some self-examination and discipline on your part, but your prayer times are going to become more efficient and more meaningful.
Think about it: You do not want to ramble on if you should get a chance to speak to the president of the United States, do you? So why ramble on when talking to God, the Ruler of the Universe?
- Go ahead and present your requests to the Lord today and make sure that you do not allow any useless repetitions in your conversation with Him.
- Remember, He already knows what you need, and He just wants you to verbalize it in plain language to show your faith and dependence on Him.
Excerpted from Go Vertical by Iann Schonken: