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.
They … called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying, “O Baal, hear us!” Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, “God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.” . . . And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, “God be merciful to me a sinner!” I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other.
Lord, teach us to pray.
Eccl. 5:2; Matt. 6:7–8; 1 Kings 18:26; Luke 18:10–11, 13–14, 11:1
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