“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” (Matthew 6:7)
In this passage, Jesus is telling people who do not receive answers to prayers the reason why their prayers were not answered. They make vain repetitions. Maybe you are in the Church but your mind is not with God; when prayer is going on you start saying the same thing over and over again. The prayers you keep repeating morning, noon and evening, and then resume back to it again the next day and continue as well are vain repetitions and dead prayers.. That is like the prayer books they give to people to read and be repeating it numbers of times per day. These prayers are dead prayers because your heart is not the one producing the prayer points.
Prayer means talking to God. It means communicating your heart desire to God. You present your supplications before God. You tell Him your mind and what you want Him to do for you. Your heart cry and yearning for what you’re desperate for, by presenting them to God. That is prayer…
THE USE OF PRAYER BEADS AND VAIN REPETITIONS.
Repetition of words is used to invoke spirits. It is a primitive idolatrous practice. It is the chanting of mantra in Hinduism. Historically, what was its origin? Was it from the religion of Abraham? No! Did Jesus use prayer beads? No!
In verse seven of our text, Jesus said we should not use vain repetitions as the heathen do.. What is Jesus telling us here? He is saying that those people think that God is hearing them. To their mind they are praying to God. But God is not hearing them.
Here the Lord Jesus says prayer is not salvation. He says the heathen (idolaters) also pray. What is the major feature of the prayer of the heathen as Jesus points to here? He says “Vain repetition”.
All heathen prayers are characterized by this. It is common in Hindu religion and its various offshoots. It is for this reason that prayer beads were invented. It is used for repeating prayers for number of times daily. It is the repetition of certain words of prayers for a specific number of times. Jesus called it the heathen practice because He knew the origin. Is it possible that the true GOD would incorporate a heathen custom into His worship? No!
When GOD was giving the land of Canaan to the Israelites, He warned them never to incorporate heathen worship systems into the worship of GOD:
“When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land; Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.”
Yes! This practice even make you to pray to an unknown God.. Learning the way of the heathen is practicing idolatry… Some of these people providing prayer beads are not serving the true God..
GOD wants us to pray simple prayers as expressions of ourselves from our hearts and not some mechanical and idolatrous repetition from beads. Beads were introduced into this heathen practices in order to keep an accurate count of the prayers that must be repeated.
Jesus Christ said in Luke 18:1, that we ought always to pray and not to faint. This does not mean we must be doing formal praying every minute. He wants us to be sensitive in the spirit all the time.
1 Timothy 2:8
“I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”
Be conscious of your prayers. Pray with consciousness. Pray, talk sensibly because you’re talking to a Person, the Supreme God. Although He knows what is in your heart as the Father of the prodigal son perceived what brought the son home; nevertheless, speak out to your Father and ask for forgiveness verbally, like the prodigal son did. Say it out.. But in holiness and righteousness… Because if a man regards iniquity in his heart God will never hear or listen to his prayers…
Avoid dead prayers and vain repetitions..
May God help us in Jesus’ name. #Amen!