40 Days of Prayer - Pray with Simplicity and Sincerity - Day 12

Begin your time with God in prayer.
Begin your time with praise to God. Confess any sin that might be hindering your relationship with Him. Ask God to give you spiritual understanding as you spend time in His Word.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.

"And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him." Matthew 6:7-8

As Jesus was teaching the disciples about prayer, what did He caution them about in these verses?

Why are short prayers sufficient?

God desires conversation with us. He wants us to talk to Him about our lives, about His Word, and about His will. Because He already knows what we need and what we’re going through, our prayers can be simple and short.

Apply God’s Word to your life.
· When do you zone out in prayer and slide into empty repetition?
· In what situations might you tend to pray too long?
· Spend a few minutes talking to God about your day and the concerns of your heart. Remember you don’t need to fill Him in on the details.

Father, thank you for sending Jesus to teach me how to pray. I confess that my heart is not always engaged when I pray. Thank you for Your patience as I learn to pray. May I bring glory to You today as I walk with You. Amen.

Related verses to meditate on.

"And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34

"Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison, that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak." Colossians 4:2-4

"Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha." 2 Kings 16:7

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