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When praying, why the repetition of sentences is important?

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Jesus thought differently than most about prayer. A Man of deep prayer Himself, the Lord taught His disciples the power of a heartfelt petition before God. And more than that, Jesus taught that the vain repetitions of His day were not effective in reaching God's ears! Now, God will listen to repetition. Repetition is not, in and of itself, a bad thing. Hannah repeated her petition (1 Samuel 1:12), and Jesus repeated Himself on more than one occasion (Matt 26:36-42). The emphasis of Matthew 6:7 is on the word vain. Jesus said it is possible for Christians to pray lengthy prayers that never get higher than the ceiling. What we need more than flowery words is a pure and sincere heart....Think of it this way: by praying as we ought, we are fostering a deeper, more meaningful relationship with our Creator. He alone is our audience, and He alone determines whether what we have said is from the heart and according to His will. Too many people think that their spirituality can be gauged by public opinion. Too few really concern themselves with what God thinks about their prayer life.http://edgewoodcoc.org/vain_repetition.htm

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All your answers Strawberry are heavenly. :-)
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Depends on the religion the only repetition I know in my religion is "mea culpa" and that is said 3 times.. Some religions don't even repeat sentences but use a repetitive "prayer wheel" the more you spin the more indulgences.

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The Bible actually discourages such prayers for "they think they will be heard for their vain repetition.". Prayers should be from the heart, not from rote. Mathew 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."

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Jesus also discourages public prayer as per Matthew 6:5-6 (NIV):
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And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
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Yet we keep hearing people push for school prayer and defend the use of prayer in governmental meetings.
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I agree that we should not pray publicly *to be seen by others*. It becomes a matter of the heart, for only you and God know if you are praying *to be seen by others* or are coming together in sincere prayer as was the case in Acts chapter 4 and no doubt in Jesus' mind when saying about the temple in Jerusalem "My house shall be called the house of prayer" and in Acts 1:14 "These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication" and one might come to the conclusion that the church was indeed praying together in Acts 12:12 as the Bible says they were praying together for Peter's release from prison. So, the blanket statement that we are not to pray together or in front of one another would be presumptive at best, for it would require one to ignore the included text "to be seen by others" which brings more context to the exhortation shedding light on the *motive* of the person praying.
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@Love: Thanks for the additional context. One thing that all those counsels regarding group prayer had in common is that they involved fellow believers, or at the very least, those who believed in the power of prayer. That would not be the case in a school or governmental meeting.
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You are absolutely correct! Thanks for the enlightenment. Love that comment.
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Repetition of sentences won't do anything. Search on YouTube: what are some secrets to effective prayer , by one minute apologist

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The earth is full of brain damaged people, idiots, morons, imbeciles etc.; thus you have to repeat over and over in order to get the message across. On the other hand maybe God is hard-of-hearing.

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That's an interesting question. It can be answered by looking at the model prayer given by Jesus at Matthew 6:7,9, 10, "But when praying, do not say the same things over and over again...'you must pray, then, this way: Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. Let your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth.'"

We can always pray to God. In fact, we are encouraged to do so. (2 Thessalonians 5:17). We should speak to God like a best friend. Would you repeatedly say the same things over and over to your friend? Of course not! It would sound robotic and insincere! At Lamentations 2:19 it says, "Pour out your heart before the face of Jehovah just like water." In addition to what is mentioned in the model prayer, we should thank him, share our concerns, pray for others, and ask forgiveness of our sins.

For additional information about what to pray about, I suggest reading the article, "Prayer— What About?" found at: http://www.jw.org/en/publications/magazines/wp20101001/prayer-what-about/

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Repetition is a psychological trick for conditioning you. Just one of many that religions and cults use.

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Very true. Get rid of the repetition and have a sincere and personal relationship with Jesus Christ instead of following vain traditions of man (religion and cults).
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Repetition is a way of clearing the mind so it is more susceptible to suggestion. In other words, what Vicky said.

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It's not, the heart is.

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It's not, god heard you the first time.

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Matthew 6: 7-13 shows us the model prayer as a guide for things we should pray for. Verse 7 goes into detail when it says "But when praying, do not say the same things over and over again, just as the people of the nations do, for they imagine they will get a hearing for their use of many words."

We shouldn't repeat the same words over and over. Rather, if we are praying for something specific, we should definitely ask over and over. Jesus was telling us this in Matthew just to emphasize that we want to always pray from our hearts, not just as a routine.

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