Sunday February 8, 2015 “Babbling”

Matthew 6:7-8 “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.”
Welcome to our Sunday night edition of “We are the People” intercessory prayer.  We have been using the “Sermon on the Mount” as a prayer guide in recent weeks.  Tonight we look at Jesus’ take on the use of meaningless words in prayer.
It is asked that you invest a minimum of 15 minutes in prayers of agreement concerning three focus point listed below.  Please do this between 6 and 9pm (all time zones).
Thank you for joining us as we learn how to pray for our nation and we encourage you to invite others to join us as we call upon God for answers to the difficulties we face in the United States of America.
Prayer Focus #1:  In some Bible’s “vain repetition” is “babbling”.   To babble is to use meaningless words as the priests of Baal did on Mount Carmel where there was a showdown facing Elijah, God’s prophet.  Unfortunately there was no response from Baal.
Pray tonight that God’s people learn to speak God’s word over situations in America instead of the ideas of men that tend to be babblings as it was in the story of “The Tower of Bable” and on Mount Carmel.  Pray like this:  “Where there is hatred let there be the unfailing love of God in our cities.  Where there is pride let God’s presence humble the proud hearts in Washington DC and other “powerful” cities like New York.”
Prayer Focus #2:  The heathen in Jesus’ day developed a long list of divine names which they repeated in prayer.  They hoped that they would mention the one true God and have their prayers answered.  Others in that day believed if they could simply pronounce the name of a god properly they could then manipulate that god into answering their prayer in such a way that the intercessor got his way.
Pray tonight that as Christians we boldly and powerfully use the simple, yet omnipotent name of Jesus in prayer.  Not just “Thy Name or Your Name.”  Jesus is the name above every name and in Jesus’ name we are taught to pray if we want answers.
Prayer Focus #3:  “Father knows what we have need of,” Jesus said.  This means that we do not come to God with many words as a beggar but we should come to God understanding that He knows every detail in life.
Parents come to know their child’s needs and they care for their child as one knowing those needs.  Pray tonight that we show our trust in God as we pray.  We don’t need to wrestle with God for answers.  We can simply receive what God has promised us as His children.
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