Friday, April 18, 2008

One Way Conversations

In this morning's 6 a.m. men's group, we were discussing prayer. We looked at several verses, including Matthew 6:5-15.

One of the questions was about Matthew 6:7, which says this:
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.

The person who was leading asked what we thought babbling meant in this verse.

After thinking about it for a minute, here was my input:

When I think of the word babbling, I think of my grandmother. I love her and I try to call her once in a while because I want to maintain my relationship with her. But conversations with her are usually not very enjoyable to me, because she talks a lot but is a horrible listener. It's not uncommon for her to ask me a question, but then start talking again before I've had a chance to finish my answer.

I think perhaps this verse is talking about us praying to God like that, which admittedly I am guilty of. A lot of talking and not enough listening, or even no listening at all. And while God still loves us and wants to talk to us, I think He would probably prefer us give Him the time and the listening ear to at least try to hear his answer.

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