Mean What You Say
When you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Matthew 6:7-8
Be careful of clich�s. How easy it is to use sanctified jargon while praying! Certain phrases sound so appropriate, so spiritual, so pious, that many people learn to string them together and call that prayer. They may not even think of the implications of what they are saying.
For example, I sometimes hear a mature Christian say very earnestly, “Dear Lord, please be with me as I go on this trip.” When you first hear it, this request sounds holy. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make sense. I’m often tempted to ask the one who is praying, “Why do you ask God to do what he is already doing?”
We don’t need to ask God to be with us if we are members of his family. Instead, we need to pray that we will be aware of his presence, and confident because of it. Asking God to be with us when he is already there is one kind of “babbling.”
PRAY: Do you find yourself asking God to do things like “be with” you? Thank God that he is indeed present in the situation you’re facing, and pray that you would be deeply aware of that presence.