BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int'l Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2019
TEXT: MATTHEW 6: 5-8
Key verse: Matthew 6:7 “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.”
In this passage, Jesus is telling people who do not receive answers to their prayers the reason why their prayers were not answered – they make vain repetitions. May be 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. Sometimes, you are like something hooked up and is just standing still in one place.
You may be repeating a particular word or phrase in the name of speaking in tongues, even when the person leading the prayer has changed the prayer point several times (like a scratch CD plate that keeps repeating the last sound). For instance,the person leading the prayer may announce, “Let us pray that God should make the rain to fall.” You will be praying, supposedly in tongues, saying “la la la la, ku ku ku ku.”
Then the leader changed the topic and said, “Let us now pray that there shall be no rainfall on Sunday” and you still keep repeating the same words absent-mindedly, vain repetitions! Your heart is not in that business; you are not serious-minded. How would God hear you?
You are not making progress in prayer because your thought is not there - it has strayed off. Such people do not receive anything from God because they are into vain repetitions. They are praying like a machine (a tape recorder) that is just repeating words; they are not praying lively prayers.
A particular young man wrote his prayer on the wall and anytime he is to sleep he would say to God, “Just as written on the wall there, amen,” and go to sleep. That is like the prayer books they give to people to read – dead prayers! Your heart is not the one producing the prayer points.
Is it the type of prayer that would receive answer from God? No! Be conscious of your prayers. Pray with consciousness. Pray, talk sensibly because you are 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!
Thought for the day:
Be conscious of your prayers. Pray with consciousness
Song for the day:
Prayer is the key (2x), prayer is the master key......
Bible reading for the day:
Ezekiel 29-31; James 5.
PASTOR PAUL RIKA