The evangelical children of today will grow up and:
Never discuss or understand what true revival is.
Never see people weeping uncontrollably in a church service.
Never experience the presence of God in an unusual way.
Never see their parents on their face in prayer.
Never know what appropriate dress is.
Never experience an elongated church service directed by the Spirit.
Never watch as their pastor preaches on the street.
Never be part of a week long fast.
Never see the church hold an all night prayer meeting.
Never see the pastor weep behind the pulpit.
Never be part of a foot washing service.
Never be challenged over and over for a full time ministry calling.
Never see premarital purity as the norm.
Never be surprised by divorce.
Never see adultery as abnormal.
Never see the pastor refuse a raise.
Never see debt as unbiblical.
Never live without a television.
Never see worldly music as a spiritual hindrance.
Never believe that alcohol should be avoided.
Never not hear some coarse language from believers.
Never believe prayer is more potent than votes.
Never watch their parents witness to a stranger.
Never see people as excited in worship as they are about sports.
Never be a part of a family altar.
And while growing up in that kind of a spiritual climate, they will still insist they know what Christianity is. But sadly, they don’t.
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: