Rutted roads? Years ago when the western US was first being settled, roads were often just wagon tracks. As time went by the ruts grew deeper. Once a wagon and team got into one of these ruts, it became difficult to turn out. Often signs such as this were posted: “Avoid these ruts or you’ll be in them for the next 25 miles!”
Think about it. Similarly we all get into dangerous behavioral ruts we can’t steer out of. So it is with habits. Especially are prayer habits. They’re easy to do without thinking.
God’s Word tells us: “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” (Matthew 6:7).
Scripting prayer is like a rutted road. After time it becomes easy to just keep doing it because doing something different is, well, hard to do. God loves to hear your prayers. The next time you pray however, talk to God; make it a conversation. Choose to travel down a smooth prayer highway by avoiding the habitual ruts that repetitive words can dig, oh so deep.
“Heavenly Father, help me find a time and place where I can be alone and pray out loud. help me to be vocal, more personal and meaningful. I want to avoid vain repetitions and to prevent my mind from wandering. I truly want my prayers to be conversations with You, not wordy ruts. In Jesus name. Amen!”
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