Sunday, March 25, 2018

PRAYING WISELY 2

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Matthew 6:7-8 (NKJV)
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.

Azubike was having a challenge in his business. He prayed that the Lord should give him wisdom and help him solve the problem. The first time he prayed that prayer, he knew he needed to pray some more, but because he did not understand what Jesus meant in today’s Bible text, he felt that God did not want him to pray about the same matter more than once. Thankfully, he was someone who had the habit of studying the Bible, so one day, he read Luke chapter 18 and saw that Jesus actually taught that we could pray the same prayer more than once. This was how he continued to pray until he received his answer.

Jesus prayed the same prayer more than once in the garden of Gethsemane (Matt 26:42-44). Elijah prayed the same prayer seven times when he wanted it to rain again (1 Kings 18:42-44). But what Jesus is warning against in today’s Bible verses is not repetition in prayers, but vain repetition. We saw last time that vain prayers are the kind of prayers that the Gentiles pray. Their prayers are always centered on themselves and their needs. But believers are to pray prayers centered on the kingdom of God and his righteousness.

Go into today asking the Lord to help you to always pray wisely (James 4:3).
-SD Abraham

Yearly Bible Reading: Psalms 33-35 (In Devotional Audio)
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