Praying With Jesus: Short And Sweet
“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.” – Matthew 6-7
If it’s time to pray and you don’t have much to say, what do you do?
One thing I’ve learned from writing blogs is that you have to be short and sweet. If the blog post is too long, people don’t make it all the way through…or they don’t read it at all. Hopefully, I’ve done a decent job of keeping these posts short.
In today’s passage from Matthew, Jesus tells us about prayer.
Jesus is saying that we don’t have to be long-winded when we pray. We don’t have to concoct elaborate prayers with fancy words to be heard by God.
I knew a guy in college who was in a church group with me. One day, we ordered pizza to eat during our Bible study because we were all starving. He offered to pray for the food. 15 minutes later he had finally finished. The pizza was cold and we never let him pray for the food again.
We don’t have to come up with long, elaborate prayers for God.
God already knows what you need and what is on your heart. In fact, you don’t have to even say a word and God knows.
This can free us.
We can feel more comfortable praying when we know that God isn’t concerned with us using the right words or being eloquent. He simply wants us to come to Him and come to Him often. Let’s do that now.
Thank you for being a God who listens. Sometimes I feel like I don’t pray well. Remind me in those times that it isn’t about the words I say as much as it is my heart. Draw me to You in prayer throughout the day.
In Christ’s Service,