Jesus said,

“When you pray, don’t talk on and on as people do who don’t know God. They think God likes to hear long prayers.”

Matthew 6:7 CEV

One of the funny things my wife and I have witnessed, especially in the “Charismatic” churches, is people praying long outdrawn repetitive prayers. These “intercessors” seem to think that God will answer them if they go on and on! It seems they want to impress others with praying long and fast “in/under the anointing.” Most often, these prayers are empty and totally ineffective. You just wish it would end!

Using vain repetitive prayers is not the same as being “persistent” in prayer. The apostle Paul prayed three times for God to take a suffering away from him, and his prayer was effective because God answered him! See 2. Corinthians 12:8. Jesus also told His disciples, that they should “always pray” and “never give up.” See Luke 18:1.

So many pray long, tedious prayers but nothing ever happens! It becomes a farce to watch! Prayers are not actually prayed in faith, and the more they pray, the more it shows they don’t really trust God for anything!

Prayers should be coming from the heart, spontaneous, and honoring to God, not the repeating of words!