Apostle Grace Lubega
Matthew 6:7 (KJV); But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
There are many people in this world who have been praying in the same manner for years and have never seen fruit or results in their lives but they persist anyway in the mistaken belief that things will change.
They have been praying for their ministries to grow but the numbers are either stagnated or dwindling. They have been praying for restoration in their marriages but their spouses seem to be getting worse. They have been praying for jobs but no one will employ them.
Part of Christian responsibility is the wisdom to ponder on such issues and ask God why some things have failed to change even though you have prayed about them.
This is very important because as a rule of thumb, if you make a prayer that does not change your circumstance, do not repeat it. That is what the Bible means when it speaks of vain repetition in our theme scripture. Vain repetition also covers repeated fruitless prayers.
You must have the humility to inquire about what is not working and why it is not working. It is futile to assume that God will eventually answer. Examine how you are praying and what you must do to make the kind of prayer that brings results.
FURTHER STUDY: Matthew 6:32, Psalm 27:4
GOLDEN NUGGET: As a rule of thumb, if you make a prayer that does not change your circumstance, do not repeat it. That is what the Bible means when it speaks of vain repetition. Vain repetition also covers repeated fruitless prayers.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. Thank You for the wisdom on how to pray. I embrace it and walk by its dictates. Because I do, my life is one of consistently answered prayer, to the glory of Your name, Amen.