“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
(Matthew 6:7-8 NIV).
2. Don’t use a lot of repetition (Matthew 6:7-8). Christ never saw prayer as pleading or begging or hammering away at the throne of God. No, the father knows His children; He knows what we need. Therefore, there is no reason to think that connecting with Him requires special words excessively repeated.
Now, let me be even more specific. Today, just as in Jesus’ day, there is not part of the Christian life more in need of freshness and spontaneity than prayer. Whether it is prayer from a pulpit, prayer at a church group gathering, prayer before meals, or prayer before a meeting, meaningless repetition abounds! Tired, overworked words and phrases keep returning. Break loose from those old clichés! For starters, I dare you to pray without using “bless” or “lead, guide, and direct” of “help so-and-so” or “Thy will” or “each and every” or any number of those institutionalized, galvanized terms. I dare you!
Try listening to brand-new Christians pray. I’m referring to those who are fresh from birth—who haven’t learned “how to do it” yet, thank goodness. They talk to God like He’s their friend, they use street terms anybody can understand, and they occasionally laugh or cry. It’s just beautiful. Or when you pray before meals, have each person at the table give thanks in prayer for each specific food dish being served. The point is clear: guard against meaningless verbiage.