I have read a number of excellent prayers. I have learned from reading other people’s prayers. However, reading a prayer is not praying.

The Scriptures commend us to pray. They do not tell us to read prayers, no matter how eloquent or lofty those prayers maybe.

Jesus never intended for His disciples to repeat His model prayer word for word. The words were given to guide His followers into finding their own words.

Prayer models are a popular fad that may or may not improve our prayer lives. If we are simply repeating the words that someone else wrote, we are not praying.

Let’s “just have a little talk with God.” It’s more effective and more personal.

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