But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
 

6:7 vain repetitions. This principle could apply both to ritualistic prayers and also to the modern idea of repeating several times the sentiments sung in worship choruses. All prayer—whether verbalized, sung or silent—should come from the heart and be addressed to God, not an audience.


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