Summary: We have to translate prayer from just a Christian principle and precept to Christian practice. We must pray day by day for our daily bread.
“Praying for Daily Bread”
1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 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. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread.
1. Pray Anyway
You can’t pray too much! You can’t pray too often! You can’t pray too long! You can’t pray too hard! We have to keep the text in it’s context. Before the scripture talked about vain repetitions to make prayers longer, it talked about praying to be seen in public. It talked about praying to impress people. The motive makes the difference. There is no thing wrong with long prayer. Jesus asked Peter in Matthew 26:40 (quickview) , could you not watch with me for one hour. During that one hour that they were to be watching, Jesus was praying. There’s nothing wrong with long prayer. In Act 3:1 (quickview) , it says Peter and John went up to the temple at the hour of prayer. We ought to be able to pray for an hour. There’s nothing wrong with long prayer if you are praying for results. The hypocrite prays for rewards; to be seen; to have the glory of men; to have people say “He sure can pray!” I don’t need the rewards. I need some results. I’m not praying to impress people. I’m praying to talk to God. And what we can see from the text is even though He already knows what I need, I need to pray anyway. No matter what the situation is, pray anyway. If you think its something you can handle on your own, pray anyway. If it seems like its too late, pray anyway. If it seems impossible and improbable, pray anyway. You can’t pray too much! You can pray too little.
Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:
It’s called the sin of prayerlessness. You may not be prayerless but if you pray less than you should then devils that should be bound are still on the loose. Angels that should be loosed are still waiting in heaven to be released. It is a sin to pray less than you should so even if you’ve already prayed about it, pray anyway. Pray and say “I thank you, Lord, that you are the Amen. That thing I pray for is already done. That thing I prayed about, You’ve already taken care of it. I just wanted to thank you again, and again, and again, and again. No matter what, pray anyway.