Matthew 6:7 – And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
Jesus, His disciples and anyone in the bible did not pray like pagans. Why did Jesus say such words? Did we have people praying like them? What was happening, when Jesus spoke these words? Or Was it a prophetical statement for us? Jesus said this because they were pagan worshippers receiving Jesus Christ as their Savior and to make their faith strong in the Lord. Praying to Lord was important because they did not know how to pray even the disciples did not know how to pray. One kind of prayer people have seen is the way the pagans prayed to the baals and without image they will not trust that there is a creator. 1 Kings 18:26 to 29 is a good example.
1 Kings 18:26-29 – “26. So they took the bull given them and prepared it. Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made. 27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 28 So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. 29 Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.”
Another example will be from the book of Ecclesiastes 5:2, 3 and 7 because Jesus doesn’t want people to have a disturbed mind in prayer.
Ecc 5:6 – Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.
Ecc 5:8 – A dream comes when there are many cares, and many words mark the speech of a fool.
Ecc 5:7 – Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore, fear God.
Let us go back to Elijah’s prayer
1 Kings 18:36-39 – “36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.” 38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. 39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD—he is God! The LORD—he is God!”
Strong in faith, with confidence that God will surely answer his prayers. He moves a step forward and prays to the Lord our God in heaven. We see the fire of the Lord licked up the water and the trench.
What matters in prayer is? Do not repeat unwanted words and be sure, strong in faith that He the creator is present to do miracles for us. He will save us when we pray. This is another valid prayer.