Keep it simple.
Jesus’ teaching on prayer follows this approach. He forbade extravagant performances of prayer that seek the praise of men (6:5-6). But he also forbade the use of empty phrases and many words in prayer. Some translations use, “babbling” or “vain repetitions.” The word means to talk excessively and pointlessly.
Gentiles, pagans, and heathens pray like this with a false understanding that many words will produce answered prayers. Jesus said, “don’t do this.” “Don’t be like them.”
It is not the repetitive chanting of words and phrases that gains God’s attention. We don’t need to win an audience with Him or impress Him with many words. We have a Father who knows our needs before we even speak. Therefore, we must get to the point and ask for help.
There are too many global prayer needs to waste time on vain repetitions. Unreached people groups need the gospel. Resources need to be utilized. Workers need to be sent.
Let’s keep our prayer simple.
This week, let’s pray:
“Heavenly Father, my prayer request is simple. Use me to take the Gospel to lost people. Let me to be a catalyst for reaching the unreached.”
Join us on Pentecost (June 5, 2022) for a day of prayer focused on seeing more people come to faith in Jesus through new churches.