““And when you pray, don’t be like the people who don’t know God. They say the same things again and again. They think that if they say it enough, their god will hear them. Don’t be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
Matthew 6:7-8 ERV
Oftentimes we are intimidated by people who we think “they can really pray” and it’s true, they have learned how to add scripture to prayer to improve their prayer life and that’s good. However, it is not mandatory.
Don’t be intimidated by prayer, God is faithful and he hears the fervent effective prayers of his people. God knows who you are and what you need, he just wants you to talk to him, he wants you to work on the relationship you have with him. Keep your prayers sincere and God will honor that.
I was struggling with this subject and I prayed and cried out to God to help me understand because I wanted to make sure my prayers get to him. I need God desperately in many areas of my life and I didn’t want to get it wrong. As I tossed and turned I keep asking him to help me understand and this scripture was revealed to me. Yes, I know it by heart and I’ve read it and recited it but this night it came alive for me. I was reminded that Jesus had already addressed this concern (this was in Red, so Jesus said it, not Paul, Peter, John or James) this was from the source. I was reminded that Jesus prayed this very prayer so it was sanctified and spoke to my every need.
“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
Matthew 6:9-13 KJV
Got it? Me too I was reminded I don’t need to be a Bible scholar for God to hear me. But we do thank God for the scholars.