Meaningless Repetition

May 1, 2021

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.” (Matthew 6:7 NASB)

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“If we’re not careful, our prayer lives can easily and quickly fall into a rut—a meaningless recitation of the same words and phrases day after day, without any thought as to what we’re saying, or whom we’re saying it to.” John MacArthur

Prayer Prompter is designed to help Christians balance their prayer life by spending time reflecting on God’s person and work as revealed in the Bible which should result in the offering of praise and thanksgiving to Him. Prayer is more than just asking for things.

Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.” (Hebrews 13:15 NASB)

The first few folders in the top section follow the “ACTS” prayer method; Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication.

“I think [A.C.T.S] is a helpful acrostic for remembering both the elements and the priorities of prayer. Unfortunately, we often spell our prayer life something like S.C.A.T., because we start with supplication and spend very little time, if any, on adoration, confession, and thanksgiving.” R.C. Sproul

Most mornings, I view one or two entries from each of the first eight folders. They are different every day because of Prayer Prompter’s rotation feature. I read and reflect on each one and doing so may spark a prayer of praise, confession, thanksgiving, supplication, an expression of faith in Christ or a recommitment to follow Christ and obey Him. No two days are exactly the same.

To more accurately reflect the intended use of Prayer Prompter for both meditation and prayer, the next upgrade of Prayer Prompter (Version 2.2) will have a new upper section title.

iPhone 6 Dashboard-blue-sectionNew users will get the revised title when they install Prayer Prompter. Existing users can change the title in Global Settings by tapping “Edit Section Title.”

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