Subject: September 4th — Daily Devotional by Watchman Nee

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In praying use not vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Matthew 6.7.  

“Repetitions” means using many meaningless words to prolong prayer. This in no sense forbids the use of the same words in prayer. Even the Lord Jesus prayed three times in the same words; hence it shows that when there is burden in the spirit, the same words are frequently uttered in His many prayers. Those who know best how to pray are rather creative in their prayers. 

There is a poor habit among us believers today. We tend to pray long prayers, stretching out our prayers with many words and so thinking that we shall be heard for much speaking. However, prayers recorded in the Bible are most straightforward and concise. For example, “Save, Lord” (Matt. 8.25). A very short prayer is often quite acceptable. In a time of distress, in witnessing to a sinner, in an hour of need, short prayers are most effective. 

This daily devotional comes from the book 
The Lord My Portion by Watchman Nee.
The Lord My Portion by Watchman Nee
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