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VAIN REPETITIONS

The Lord Jesus warns us in His Word: And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen [do]. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him (Matthew 6:7-8 ). However, most Christians totally ignore this advice from the Lord, and therefore are not blessed.

Now, if avoiding vain repetitions were not something serious and crucial, the Lord would never have given us this warning. It shows us that besides being totally useless, it annoys the Father because He knows what we need even before we ask Him.

If there are vain repetitions, that is, repetitions that are false, annoying and unproductive, then there are also true and productive repetitions.

Repeating our position in Christ - demanding all evil to be bound based on what we believe - is not something vain, false or unproductive. We are affirming our position to stand and not yield one inch of territory; we are reaffirming our determination to not give in to any argument; we are demanding our full rights.

The amount of words you speak does not mean you will be heard. It is useless to stay at the feet of the Lord, complaining and bothering Him with your whining. This only prevents Him from reaching out and helping you.

You need to stand on what the Word affirms to be your rights and boldly come into the Father's presence in prayer. Ordain in the Name of Jesus what you want to see happen in any situation, according to the Word of God.

I pray that you learn how to avoid vain repetitions and become a blessing.

In Christ,
Missionary R. R. Soares

 

Since prayer is our means of communication with the Father, we should learn how to pray efficiently and productively. There are certain principles to be observed if we want this to happen.

We will state some of them:

I - Faith:
But without faith [it is] impossible to please [Him], for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and [that] He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6 ).

II - The Name of Jesus: And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do (John 14:13a).

III - The purpose: That the Father may be glorified in the Son (John 14.13b).

IV - Believe: Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive [them], and you will have [them] (Mark 11:24).

V - Without doubting: But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind (James 1:6 ).

Besides these basic principles, there are others that are no less important, such as not using vain repetitions: And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen [do]. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him (Matthew 6:7-8).

If these principles are not observed, our prayers will be useless and we are wasting our time when we pray. We must learn what the Father considers to be prayer. Prayer has to work; if it does not bring any results, then we should not pray at all. On the other hand, if it does work, then we should use it more assiduously.

We know that Jesus did not act as God when He was on Earth. When He came to our world, He stripped Himself of His glory and became as one of us, although without sin:

But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, [and] coming in the likeness of men (Philippians 2:7).

In order to fulfill His mission, He was in constant fellowship with the Father, and never left His presence:

And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there (Matthew 14:23).

Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed (Mark 1:35).

Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God (Luke 6:12).

Besides these times of consecration, the Lord always acted according to the rules His Father had established.

For I have not spoken on My own [authority]; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak (John 12:49).

If you have fellowship with the Father, and have a prayer life based on what we call principles for an effective prayer life, you will invariably be successful.


THE CASE OF VAIN REPETITIONS

Gentiles - those who were not Jews in the days of the Bible; those who are not born again in our days - try by all possible ways to obtain something from God. They aren't really interested in who will answer their requests, nor do they care what price they will have to pay if the source is not the Lord, who doesn't charge anything from anybody. They repeat prayers over and over, accompanying them with promises, trying to receive what the Lord grants freely to all those who do His will.

Many times they are led into this error by their teachers. Penitents go to the priest to know the reason for their suffering and why they cannot receive peace and forgiveness. The priests induce them to error without the slightest scruple, telling them to pray so many "Our Fathers" or so many "Hail Maries", or some other prayer, which have absolutely no value at all. The Lord's Prayer that Jesus taught is not to be repeated, but rather studied and understood. It is a model to be followed when we pray.

Many people in Evangelical circles make use of vain repetitions. People who seek the baptism of the Holy Ghost in prayer meetings are often told to praise the Lord. In almost 100% of the times you will hear them praise the Lord in the following manner, "Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, glory, glory, glory", always in a crescendo. Of course it is a beautiful thing to praise the Lord saying glory and hallelujah, and we must do this as often as possible. But our words must not be void of meaning, as is usually the case.

When we pray, we must concentrate on what we are doing. Our words must be measured. We must avoid vain repetitions that do not bring us any closer to the Lord; much to the contrary, they separate us from Him. We should not keep "reminding" the Lord how we are suffering, or going through deprivation, etc. This does not mean we shouldn't tell the Lord about our indignation at all the misery, disease, or other misfortunes that surround us. When Jesus oriented us to not use vain repetitions, He said that the Father knows what we need before we even ask Him.

Those who do not know the Word of God might ask, "If God, our almighty Father who is love, knows what we need before we even ask, then why does He allow us to suffer?"

If you think this way, then you know nothing of the Word, for the Scriptures assure us that He has already provided everything we need to live:

As His divine power has given to us all things that [pertain] to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue (2 Peter 1:3 ).


USEFUL REPETITIONS

If there are vain repetitions, then there are also useful repetitions. Should they be made use of? Of course. When? Principally in our fight against the evil one:

Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7b ).

What does it mean to resist? Is it suffering in silence to show that we are able to accept the "will of God?" By no means. Besides being totally stupid, it shows ignorance of what our part and position in Christ is. Furthermore, the Lord's will for our life is always the best.

To resist means to offer resistance, to oppose. In the case of an invasion, the army of the invaded country will resist the invader with weapons. In our case, which is spiritual, we must use our words to withstand the attacks of the enemy. We should use useful repetitions (with good sense), until we get the victory.

Jesus Himself used useful repetitions when He freed the naked, demon-possessed man in the land of the Gerasenes:

And he cried out with a loud voice and said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me." For He said to him, "Come out of the man, unclean spirit!" (Mark 5:7-8 ).

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What is our means of communication with the Father?
(a) Penitence (b) Prayer (c) Offerings
2Q
Where does the Bible say that without faith it is impossible to please God?
(a) Mark 1:30 (b) John 17:17 (c) Hebrews 11:6
3Q
Where does it say that Jesus promised to do everything we ask the Father in His name?
(a) Romans 13:8 (b) John 14:13 (c) John 3:16
4Q
Why does Jesus do whatever we ask in His name?
(a) For our healing (b) So the Church will receive more offerings (c) For the Father to be glorified
5Q
Who should the Father be glorified in?
(a) In His Son (b)In the Virgin Mary (c) In the Church of Grace
6Q
What is the fifth principal we studied in this lesson?
(a) Loving your neighbor (b) Believing (c) Praying the Lord’s Prayer
7Q
How should we ask?
(a) With Faith (b) Insistently (c) Desperately
8Q
What shouldn’t we do when we ask?
(a) Weep (b) Believe (c) Doubt
9Q
What is the doubter like?
(a) The wind (b) The waves of the sea (c) A mountain
10Q
What must we not use in prayer?
(a) Vain repetitions (b) Slacks for women (c) Hats on our heads
11Q
Who uses vain repetitions?
(a) The Jews (b) Everybody (c) Those who have not been born-again
12Q
For the non-believers, speaking a lot means:
(a) Being heard (b) Merit (c) Being foolish
13Q
When does the Father know what we ask for:
(a) When we pray (b) Three days after our prayer (c) Before we even ask
14Q
What did Jesus do to Himself when He took on our form?
(a) He promoted Himself (b) He annihilated Himself (c) He didn’t do anything
15Q
Who did Jesus become like?
(a) A man (b) An Angel (c) An animal
16Q
After sending the multitude away, what did Jesus do on the mountain?
(a) He meditated (b) He slept (c) He prayed
17Q
Where did Jesus go, while it was still dark?
(a) To the temple (b) To a deserted place (c) To Peter’s house
18Q
How does Luke 6:12 say Jesus spent the night?
(a) Working as a carpenter (b) In prayer to God (c) Prayer
19Q
Who told Jesus what to do or say?
(a) The Father (b) Nobody (c) The angels
20Q
What has the Father given us, that pertains to life?
(a) Nothing (b) Everything (c) A few things
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