Thursday 20th June, 2019
Reference text: Matthew 6:7-15
Matthew 6:7 When you are praying, don’t say meaningless things like the unbelievers do, because they think they will be heard by being so wordy.
One of the tips I found out some years ago about CVs and cover letters were that many job applications are filtered through a screening system before arriving with recruiters. These systems seek keywords that match the job profile presented and eliminates applicants that have lower numbers of these. Although that was relevant information, it also presented the temptation of throwing in a load of adjectives hoping to beat the system.
Surely for a finance role, a cover letter that had the opening line ‘I am a faithful, equitable, sincere, virtuous, ethical, honourable and genuine individual’ was very likely to make it past the filter if the word honesty was being searched for. Why? Because the entire list contained synonyms of ‘honest’. This is the picture Jesus paints concerning what the pagans did in prayer.
They may have thought God was a screening system and thus throw in a lot of words, hoping that at least one of them would catch his attention. Beloved, adopting this same in our prayer makes us sound very much like the people of old who had a very different image of God: ‘perhaps, God will hear us’ or ‘maybe, God will answer’.
Where is the evidence of our faith? Where is the assurance of God’s promise?
Where is the confidence that when we pray according to His will, He hears us?
Sweetheart, God is not into a game of probabilities with us because He has the resources to meet the needs of each prayer we lift up. We do not have to throw in words hoping to get his attention – He is already tuned in once our voices go up.