And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.
Jesus contrasts the prayers of the religious leaders of His day with how we are to pray as Christians who are truly seeking Christ. We will examine this juxtaposition as we study this passage this week. As we study, we find that simple, straightforward prayers are best for God’s people.
Pagan prayers in Jesus day would drone on for hours and hours. People at that time were given to long prayers where the same word or phrase would be repeated again and again. Many thought that the only way to be heard by their “gods” was to make a great show of long praying and even more extreme actions. (1 Kings 18:26-29)
Jesus shows us another way. Our prayer should be concise and simple. There’s no need to speak on and on using the same trite phrases and word combinations. God knows what we need before we even ask. Trust Him and ask in faith. Our prayers ought to be marked by faith and trust—not by showiness and spectacular drama!
Pray well, Child of God. The Lord hears our prayers and answers in His time.