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How We Should Pray
March 23, 2019

Pour Out Your Heart In Prayer

Jesus Christ Topical Guide: Sermon On The Mount Series

Matthew 6:7

“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do.”

What is vain?

  • No meaning.
  • No life.
  • Useless.
  • Empty purpose.

I don’t think repetition is the problem. I think we can and should repeatedly pray for something we desire and need. The Apostles counsel us to pour our hearts out to Heavenly Father; to share with Him our thoughts, feelings, concerns, fears, desires, weaknesses, and the longings of our hearts.

Your personal problems will not be resolved over night, and some challenges might last a lifetime. For example, Elder D. Todd Christofferson has talked about a financial challenge he once faced that lasted years; and it nearly destroyed his family financially. This extended hardship taught him how to pray.

Certainly, he was not praying in vain. He needed help!

I think vain prayers are prayers we say out of habit or going through the motions. Sadly, for me that often means praying over the food. Too often that is a prayer to say so I can get to eating, and is not something I put a lot of thought into it.

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