Matthew 6:7 – But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
1 Timothy 4:1 – Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Prayer is a beautiful thing that creates miracles from GOD! But…
When you think of repetitive prayer, what does this mean to you?
First of all, to me…it means that your not placing your full faith upon the Lord, Jesus Christ! This is foremost. When you TRUST Him, then you let Him do His job without interruption and worry. This is an issue for a lot of people….and I was once like this myself.
I would worry myself into the ground! Wow! That says it all doesn’t it!! This is a problem….we’re letting our flesh take over….what’s our flesh made of? DIRT! That must have came from the Holy Spirit because I couldn’t have said it better, right?
We must learn to accept the great advice….LET GO-LET GOD.
Then we get into different religions using repetitive prayer as a ritual.
When I first heard the rosary, it seemed almost soothing…like a medative pill. A token of relaxation….but herein lies the problem.
When a Catholic repeats the rosary over and over, it’s nothing less than a slap in the face to GOD, it would seem. But, that’s not all….then it becomes more complicated. Pope John Paul II added five new ‘mysteries’ to the ancient rosary in 2002. Now, to say the rosary with all the ‘mysteries’, one must repeat the ‘hail mary’ at least 200 times, not to mention the ‘our father, glory be, and fatima prayer’.
It would seem you are exalting and worshiping Mary, as well. But, then you forget…they do this in front of a statue too!
Why has the rosary stood the test of time for at least eight hundred years since it originated from Spanish theologian St. Dominic, c. 1170-1221? Don’t Catholics read the Bible? What about the statues?
Some would suggest this is only a MEDITATION! Nothing more than contemplation.
Most Catholics will pray five mysteries per day, and when saying the words, he or she must meditate upon one mystery at a time; for the duration of 10 Hail Marys, before going on to the next “mystery,” or meditation.
Finally, what about the statues? The simple answer is that the statues of any saint, not just Mary, are objects of worship in themselves. Even other denominations should know better.
This reminds me of…..the Muslims.
Jews & Muslim Traditions
For two thousand years, the religious Jews have prayed five times a day for a return to worship in a rebuilt Temple. How long have the Muslims?
The Father hates any form of “Standard” or repetitive type prayers. From the Rosary and Hail Mary prayers, to anything read from any form of a prayer book, even to the Lord’s Prayer.
This is to demonstrates that you believe in “voodoo religion”, in other words you think that the worship of GOD is done properly by performing a series of mechanical steps very similar to the primitive rites of voodoo so that “the Gods will be appeased”. In other words GOD only works when you stick the pin in the doll.
DON’T BE DECEIVED. The Bible already specifically points this out as a very important thing to avoid in your prayers, “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition”.
That being said there are certain “task specific” prayers that have to be done in an orderly way to accomplish the specific task desired. The prayers for receiving the Holy Spirit or to bind the power of Satan.