THURSDAY: 21st June, 2018

Reference text: Matthew 6:7-15

Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Detectives working in the crimes unit usually have a hunch that someone may be telling lies often when they give too much specific information. Hence, one who keeps blasting on during interrogation is likely to give away more than they want to, hence the use of their right to remain silent.

We can recall moments in scripture when men and women got on their knees to offer heartfelt prayers to God, and though some prayers comprised only a sentence or two, they did the job for which they were intended. Hannah’s prayer for Samuel was made up of two sentences, and the prayer of the tax collector in the temple, was a single sentence. Yet, these two individuals had their requests granted.

This should however not put you off making long prayers because what Jesus addresses is not the length of our prayers, but the hearts behind them. For some, prayer is like staking a lottery- the more tickets you buy, the better your chances of winning the prize. Hence, we often tend to utilise a mindset similar to the heathen about whom Jesus speaks- ‘we also think that the more we speak, the greater the likelihood of being heard’.

My dear, God is not engaged in a game of chances with us when we are at prayer, and neither is it a matter of first come, first served. You could even say that’ how much you say is actually not as relevant as saying it’ since from the very moment we choose to say anything in prayer, you can be sure of getting heavens attention because if there is a man to pray, there always is a God ready to respond.

Remember # when in prayer, it isn’t how much you are able to say, but the sincerity of heart from which they are made, because you cannot deceive God.

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