But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they
think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye
therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have
need of, before ye ask him.
“Vain repetitions” is otherwise known as “mantra prayers”. And
Jesus cautioned us in scripture to avoid praying in this fashion. In other
words, when we come to God in prayer—–there will always be two
paths. One is led by the Spirit and one is led by the flesh.
For example; Buddhist believe that praying, “Om Mani Padme Hum”
draws them closer to God. And the more repetitions they pray the more
that the blessing of God’s increase. They also spin a “mantra wheel”
with prayer requests attached to it. The effect of the prayers is said to
increase the faster the wheel is spun.
In much the same way, I was taught that the more times I prayed the
Rosary the more the blessings increased. So almost every night before I
went to sleep, I pray the rosary over and over again. If I missed a bead,
I would start all over again. And when I went to confession, the severity
of my sin was measured my how many times I prayed a particular
prayer, over and over again.
Jesus said, “Do NOT pray that way”!!!!
They key to understanding this is that there is no “Magic” in repetition
or in the form of words. Rather the issue is relational. In other words,
mantra prayers count on actions—–spirit led prayers count on your
relationship with God.
God deals with man on two different stages of divine nearness to Him.
He always has and always will. The Old gave limited access to God, the
new gives unlimited access. The Old provides legal cleansing, the New rovides personal cleansing. The Old teaches to obey rules, the New
teaches us to serve with the heart.
In every situation---in every decision—in every act—every thought—
every need and every deed---there will always be two paths. One is led
by the Spirit and one is led by the flesh. One is led by the law—the
other by relationship. They both appear on the surface to be spiritual,
but one brings Him Glory, the other does not.
We can serve God in flesh or in the Spirit. We can pursue religion or
relationship, works or grace. Yet one draws us closer to Him the other
Satan is not afraid of you!!!
He is afraid of your prayer life birthed in the Spirit. He is not afraid
of…”Now I lay me down to sleep”, He is afraid of “Abba Father”, that
is, prayers birthed in the Spirit.
It is true that Satan is defeated when we are on our knees. A prayer-less
saint is a defeated saint. But, being on your knees is not the answer.
That also is self effort unless the prayers are in partnership with the
Holy Spirit. A prayer life birthed by the Spirit of God is Satan’s
The natural man UTTERS WORDS but cannot pray. You cannot
produce heavenly substance in the flesh. THE FLESH PROFITS
Rom 8:26 declaires, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities
(weakness, want of strength, inability to produce): for we know not
what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh
intercession for us (NOT WITH US) with groanings (unutterable deep
cry of the heart) which cannot be uttered.
He (Holy Spirit) cries out to God on our behalf. He quickens us to pray.
We cannot pray without Him. All we do us surrender our vessel. Prayer
born of the flesh is rejected. Prayer born of the Spirit is accepted.
Again, mantra prayers count on our actions—–spirit led prayers count
on our surrender.
When we surrender our vessel to the Holy Spirit—He begins to pray
through you according to the WILL of God. Only He knows the mind f God.
He knows the will of the Father and the Mind of Christ. The Holy
Spirit searches the deep things of God. We do not know the will of God,
but the Spirit does. Does what is of the earth know how to commune
Friends---every single time you approach God, whether it be in prayer
or in worship, you will be offered two choices, two paths. Prayers that
count on our actions and or repetitions. Or prayers that rely on our
surrender. One is self-effort and flesh led----one is surrender and is
Divine nearness to God is not granted based on self-effort talent or skill,
mantra wheels or Rosary beads---it is offered to every believer who is
willing to yield everyday and in every way and be in partnership with
the Holy Spirit.
Remember, Christianity is not about man finding God by their own
actions—it is about God finding a man who is surrendered to the Holy
Mike Desroches, Pastor