I spent the first 12 years of my life in a very conservative denomination. I was taught early on that though my Catholic friends referred to themselves as Christians, it did not mean the same thing that I meant when I said Christian.
So when I considered this verse:
And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition, as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. (Matt 6:7 NASB)
I was taught that it was referring to the Rosary.
This made life simple because I never had to deal with the fact that every time I sat down to diner I would say the same simple prayer over my food, because the Bible told me to receive it with thanksgiving.
- I had to bless the food. (that’s right – make it happy)
- I had to say grace. (“GRACE”)
- I had to SAY A PRAYER.
Face it brothers and sisters, it is easy to fill our lives with meaningless repetitions, and never connect with our Father, isn’t it? One of my pet peeves is when people use the phrase "say a prayer." Prayer is meant to be meaningful conversation with our Father.
Has someone close to you ever told you “you always say that.” We do it with each other, and I know you have had it done to you. When someone you know and love takes out the long stick of a familiar rant, and begins to beat the dead horse of your mind with it one more time, you tune them out – don’t you?
So there it is - Jesus is saying – If you won't take the time or effort to engage your heart and mind and speak to me – I am tuning out the noise of your incessant babbling (aka familiar rant.) [Tweet This]
[Regarding the title - yes “Next Generation” was my favorite Trek to date aside from perhaps “The Wrath of Kahn.”]