Matthew 6:7 English Standard Version (ESV) “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.”
Yesterday I wrote to remember to pray “thy will be done” and to mean it. There is at this time in the world view, if you repeat a thing enough, it becomes truth. The attitude is kept alive with the addition to the dictionary of every common use word and pronunciation being added merely because it has been repeated enough times to be noted. That does not make a thing right or true, only acknowledged that it is in use.
Empty platitudes have no power to enact change. The act of repeating the same words over and over is a signal that the speaker has no confidence that anyone is listening. Where is faith in that? God knows our hearts better than we do. Confession of the soul only has value if spoken in honesty.
Luke 18:13-14 English Standard Version (ESV)
13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
God can work with us if we will be honest with ourselves and confess our condition. For a born again believer this is a twostep process. One is to confess and be changed. Two is to acknowledge our change and act accordingly. We will from time to time make a misstep but in doing so, we have not changed back to the old person we were and should not become doubtful that we have ever changed. These changes are God enacted and irreversible.
We have not yet been perfected and that is a future condition which we work at by being cooperative with God’s design and purpose for our lives.