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Is it wrong to pray religiously?

Submitted: 11/16/2010
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Question: I was speaking to a co-worker about how good God is because I lost my bus pass I am broke and I had no money for another one. My daughter had gotten one for free. So I said I was trying to learn Psalms 23, The Lord is my Shepard, I shall not want...' In my heart thinking, I would have need of nothing because He would provide. My co-worker's friend came along and stated we should not pray religiously such as 'Our Father who are in Heaven....' I guess because they are of another church who don't believe the same but know a lot of the same information. I didn't say anything but remember Jesus saying we ought to pray Our Father who art in Heaven.... Was I wrong? Psalms 23 had meaning very much to me in every line. Am I wrong?

Answer: It is not wrong to use the words of the Bible in our prayers. We do, however, need to be careful not to fall into the practive of merely reading prayers. Prayer needs to come from the heart. Jesus spoke against 'vain repetition.'