Matthew 6:8

8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Read Matthew 6:8 Using Other Translations

Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!

What does Matthew 6:8 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
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.

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