Unanswered Prayer: Pretentiousness

We are often taught how to pray and perhaps what to pray for; but, rarely do we learn what prevents our prayers from being heard and answered. Jesus, assuming that His disciples will pray, teaches what not to do when praying.

"And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. (Matt 6:5-7, NKJV)

1. Is Jesus making a comment about the location or posture of prayer? What do you learn from your observations?

2. What is Jesus forbidding when praying "as the heathen do?"

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