“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. - Matthew 6:6, 7.
Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ lives by example. Having taught us not to make long prayers, he practicalized what he taught. Examples of prayers made by Jesus Christ include his prayer for Lazarus to come back to life, (John 11:41-43), and his prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. (Matthew 26:38-42) The Lord's prayer addresses specific points and is not repetitive. While not listing specific personal problems, it covers all one would ask from God. That the prayer is not repetitive is evidence of faith in that the petitioner believes God has heard the prayer and will answer in His own time. The use of plural pronouns such as “our” and “us” is to teach us not to pray for ourselves alone but for all people of God who are all being buffeted by the devil in this world of evil. God will certainly answer those who say the Lord's prayer with faith and understanding by His grace. The Bible says: “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us”. - 1 John 5:14.