"ANTI-DEVO" - Day 2 - Don't need to pray

Let me just put this bluntly: we don't need to pray, especially in the way we often think we need to.

Too often we think we need to set aside long amounts of time and use words which are formal and pretty, but the truth is we don't. We don't need to at all.

“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

If we believe that God is a relational God, why do we think the way we do? Why do we talk to God so differently than we would talk to our parents or our friends? My daughter is only two and a half years old, so she comes to me and asks for help, and probably should ask for help more often. Yet as she matures, our interactions will change, they won't be "I need this" or "I want this" or "Do this," but rather they will be more like a conversation.

Likewise as we mature, how we pray will change. It will be less of 'requirement' as in the case of a needy child and more of a desire to spend time, share thoughts, and communicate frustrations as well as thanks. We do not need to pray like the Pharisees in Luke 18:9-14 in pride and judgment, or like the hypocrites who like to pray in public in Matthew 6.

Why would we need a requirement to pray if we have the ability to talk to our Creator, Lord, and Savior anytime?



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