7But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Repeating the same words
over and over
like a magic incantation
is no way to ensure that God will hear your prayer.
It’s not wrong to come to God
many times with the same
requests–Jesus encourages persistent prayer.
But he condemns the shallow repetition of words that are not offered with a sincere heart.
We can never pray too much
our prayers are honest and sincere.
Before you start to pray,
you mean what you say.
9After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11Give us this day our daily bread.
12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.