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Originally posted by Mahree
So, why can't we pray both ways.
Originally posted by kinglizard
btw- I wouldn't' mind reading where it says we shouldn't recite "ritual memorized prayers". Where can I find it in the Bible? The previous verse says "And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him". So it must be somewhere else in the Bible?
7But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Originally posted by djohnsto77
Not to mean that reciting the Lord's Prayer is bad, just you shouldn't only use such things in a mindless ritual and think you'll be saved.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
32They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, "Sit here while I pray." 33He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34"My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death," he said to them. "Stay here and keep watch."
35Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36"Abba,[e] Father," he said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will."
37Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. "Simon," he said to Peter, "are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? 38Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."
39Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. 40When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.
41Returning the third time, he said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!"