It's Day 11 and we're in Matthew 7.
Where God Spoke To Me:
- Verses 7, 11 - Still on the same problem I alluded to yesterday, these verses are also a reminder that He's good to take care of my needs.
- Verses 1, 5 - There is a difference between being judgmental and using discernment. Some people presume that verse 1 means that we should never make any judgments, but verse 5 makes it clear (because what the person in doing in that verse demands discernment) that we are not to suspend all judgment. So be discerning, but not judgmental.
- Verse 6 - This is kind of obscure. Most think it means to be discerning about how you share spiritual truth, but it's hard to get too emphatic with something that's not real clear.
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- "NASB SAYS..."and when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition like the Gentiles do".... Does this mean not to go on and on about the same thing? When I pray; some days I pray for the same things for the same people every day until prayers are answered. Do I have it wrong? - Good question. What Jesus has in mind here are people who are publicly praying and go on and on because they think long prayers prove they're "serious believers." They're praying more for show than because of an actual burden. So Jesus here is focused on prayer words spoken for those around us rather than as genuine prayer to God. On the other hand, there is a passage in Luke 18 where Jesus tells a story about a woman persistently going back to a judge day after day with the same request and then Jesus says He wants us to pray like that. So you're on the right track.