Matthew 6:7 Babbling Prayer

“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

Jesus begins to teach the people how to pray. He can do this because He is perfect in prayer. Whenever Jesus prayed to the Father about something, He received it. Look through the gospels and see how long His prayers were. All of them were short.

One thing that often occurs with public prayers is the using big fancy words or the old King James words to pray. God is a great God and can speak the common everyday street language you speak. Notice: Jesus did not speak King James when He spoke, He actually spoke Greek and probably Aramaic.

As you pray in public do not try to use fancy language or words to pray. Pray what is needed. If you are living your life for God and are cleansed by the blood of Jesus you are righteous before God and He hears you.

Along with not using fancy words, do not keep on praying over and over in the same prayer for one thing. As Jesus said, do not babble like the pagans.

Think about when someone is talking to you about something. Some people just keep on going and going about the same thing for a long time. It seems like they will never finish and the whole time they are really saying nothing. The first 2-3 minutes they said something, then nothing after that. This type of talk is babble.

God does not need to hear babble. It will not change His mind one way or the other about hearing and answering your prayer.

You may also look at all the prayers of the prophets and leaders in the Bible. All of them are very short. None of them will take more than five minutes to read out loud with the exception of Psalm 119 if that is taken as a prayer.

Keep yourself in tune with the Holy Spirit and you will know what God’s will is for a situation. Then pray that will of God. He will hear and answer. It does not take long prayers.

This does not mean you cannot return to God at a later time to pray for a situation again. Go to God more than once. Just do not take forever at one time trying to convince God to answer your prayer.

Pray today God’s will and see what He will do for you.

I pray today that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide you; that you will know the will of God in every situation you come across; that you will learn from God how to pray effectively; and that God will hear your prayers.

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Matthew 5:47 Greeting Others

“And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?” Matthew 5:47

Jesus just finished telling you to love your enemy. He points out that God pours out needed rain on everyone, so you should also love everyone as He does.

Now Jesus raises a question about who you greet. Take notice of who greets who in a church. Friends will go up to each other and greet each other. Many people will desire to greet the pastor. There is nothing wrong with these greetings.

The problem arises when that is all the greeting that is done. Often the friends greeting each other are in a clique and do not include others. Very often a new person in the church gets overlooked; or the person not dressed very good and has a bit of an aroma around him that is not good.

Now look into the public places such as a store or your workplace. Who greets who? Again it is only friends greeting other friends. The friends are usually all on the same level financially, spiritually, desires, and viewpoints.

In this verse Jesus points out that even pagans do this. Pagans are those who do not believe in God. This is implying that you should be different from the pagans.

You should be willing to go up and greet the person that is dirty and smells horrible; the person who does not believe in God at all; the former convict; and even your enemy…everyone. Greeting them is a way of showing God’s love and care to them.

You are to be His witness everywhere you go. Greeting the people everyone else is shunning is showing God’s love and care to that person.

Jesus came to you when you were a filthy rotten sinner who was against God. You did not deserve to be greeted, yet that is what Jesus did. He called on you to give you life in Him. Can you do any less for someone else?

Do not be like the pagans, be like Jesus. Be willing to greet everyone, both the good and bad. Show His love to everyone, both your enemies and your friends. Don’t just greet the “good” people.

I pray today that God will fill you with His love for everyone; that God will strengthen you to greet everyone; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide you; that you will not have fear in greeting anyone; and that God will use you to be His witness to the lost and dying world.