Matthew 6:8

8 Don't be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Matthew 6:8 Meaning and Commentary

Matthew 6:8

Be not ye therefore like unto them
. Do not be imitators of them, and follow their ways, who have only the dim light of nature to guide them; it would be shameful in you to do as they do, when you have a divine revelation for your direction; and especially, because

your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask him;
and therefore have no need to make use of many words, or much speaking, or long prayers. The omniscience of God is a considerable argument, and a great encouragement to prayer; he knows our persons and our wants before hand; and as he is able to help us, we have reason to believe he will; especially since he stands in the relation of a Father to us.

Matthew 6:8 In-Context

6 When you pray, go to your room and close the door. Pray privately to your Father who is with you. Your Father sees what you do in private. He will reward you.
7 "When you pray, don't ramble like heathens who think they'll be heard if they talk a lot.
8 Don't be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 "This is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, let your name be kept holy.
10 Let your kingdom come. Let your will be done on earth as it is done in heaven.

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