Tuesday, July 21, 2009

when you pray, do not keep on babbling

NIV Matthew 6:7-15

7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Mt 6:9 "This, then, is how you should pray:

         " 'Our Father in heaven,

         hallowed be your name,

         Mt 6:10 your kingdom come,

         your will be done

                           on earth as it is in heaven.

         Mt 6:11 Give us today our daily bread.

         Mt 6:12 Forgive us our debts,

                           as we also have forgiven our debtors.

         Mt 6:13 And lead us not into temptation,

         but deliver us from the evil one.' 14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.




  1. Anonymous9:04 PM

    Our actions towards others speaks far and above our words, especially toward those within the body of Christ. Christ was clear that our love for God was exemplified in how we treat one another. Friendship and forgiveness is far better than knowingly prolonging the hurt of a brother who has begged you for reconcilliation, because we claim to be adhering to laws and principles. There is no peace there. It merely brings the bondage of legalism and judgement, while our brother suffers needlessly. Just my two cents.

  2. The comment is well said and appropriate, I do ask how the comment relates to the topic?

    To your point, it is the responsible of both to act out the word of God, not just quote from the Bible. If this comment is to someone else, I would recommend we take action independantly of anyone else.

    Remember, Mt 7:1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
    Mt 7:3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

    Let's each act on the word of God without expectation of the other, that is in my mind, God's way.

  3. Anonymous12:58 AM

    What was meant was simply that our words, no matter how well-implied, are ALL merely babble (regardless of the form they take) IF they are not lived out. The example given was a heartfelt one for me based on experience of being deeply wounded and lied to by a brother. It was used to show that no matter what we claim to believe - or how we justify our actions towards him or her WITH the Word of God and regardless of how we claim to obey, the actual relationships with our fellow Christians speak much louder than our words, or our reasons for this feigned obedience to God. I am saying - don't leave your brother or sister's heart broken, refusing to reconcile, when (s)he has repeatedly begged you for healing and closure, because you are trying to live by other "lofty" principles, and cutting him/her off in the process. You serve only to wound your brother or sister even moreso, nullifying the very word you claim to be fulfilling. Again, just my two cents. Think about it and pray about it. I think you will understand.