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Featured Repeating Prayers

Discussion in 'Christian Spirituality Forum' started by Rylan Moffitt, Jun 27, 2020.

  1. quietthinker

    quietthinker Well-Known Member

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    Chin up icxn....those who recognise their failings and admit them......those who desire to have it better than it is.....will be given strength to endure.
     
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    That's what I usually pray too. When I'm tired and can't believe how far I fall short sometimes that mercy is all I can pray for.

    I feel the same as the OP. My prayers aren't very creative and I imagine it must be disrespectful to God to have ugly boring prayers. Others can pray so much more beautifully and effectively than I can. Drawing on multiple verses from scripture and the like. Makes me feel like a dried up well while others have this flowing spring of living spiritual water cascading out of their heart. I wish that was me again but alas I'm pretty repetitive in my prayer life also
     
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    Josho Millennial Christian Staff Member

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    Hmmm but what does "vain repetitions" really refer to?

    There are a couple definitions of the word "vain."

    A quick search on Google brings this up.

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    In the Greek it means

    battologéō – properly, to blubber nonsensical repetitions; to chatter (be "long-winded"), using empty (vain) words (Souter).

    So to pray the same prayers, like saying Grace, using prayer books, praying for a good nights sleep, is not what I would consider a nonsensical repetition, it's not what I would call praying with empty words. If you are praying with heart and because you want to, that's not a vain repetition, if you are praying because you want to talk with Jesus, that's not a vain repetition.
     
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    Josho Millennial Christian Staff Member

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    To add to this some of us really aren't all that good at putting words together, and it would be wrong to judge our prayers as empty.
     
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    Prayers are not a performance that compares with others.....and how do you know that the prayers of others are more effective? do you have inside knowledge of what God responds to?

    Prayer is putting your petitions before God both the requests of our needs, our growth, thankfulness for his protection, for an instructed tongue, for wisdom and for courage.

    It presents others to him for his care and for the influence of his Spirit not just for those who you love but those who treat you poorly and that his love maybe poured out in our heart's for others.
     
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    theophilus Well-Known Member

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    If you are a new Christian and aren't certain about the truth of these things it is better to keep asking God for them than not to think about them at all. When I was first saved I was worried that I could lose my salvation if I didn't live a good life so I often asked God for things that he had already given me.

    How do you know that people who use prayer books are insincere. Many of our hymns are actually prayers. Is it wrong to sing these hymns?

    The book of Psalms contains many prayers. It is a combination prayer book and hymnal that God has given to us to use.
     
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    I’m not against encouraging oneself with the hope of salvation and Christ’s love for us, especially when temptations plunge us into despair. But we need to investigate the reasons of such temptations and if we discover that it is because of some sin (the most likely case), we need to humble ourselves and ask for God’s mercy. I didn’t put the word babbling in quotes because I always consider my prayers to be such (~Romans 8:26). There’s also great benefit in considering oneself a castaway (Psalms 31:22)*. The Lord answers the prayers of such people speedily.

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    * In the Septuagint it is rendered: “But I said in my extreme fear, I am cast out from the sight of thine eyes: therefore thou didst hearken, O Lord, to the voice of my supplication when I cried to thee.”
     
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    You can do more than hope for salvation you can be assured of it. Read Romans 8:1-17.
     
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