“And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words” (Matthew 6:7).
Physics and mathematics contend that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Strangely enough, the same principal holds true in prayer. Drawing things out with much verbosity or rote phrases do not better gain God’s attention or obligate him all the more to respond to your liking. As the wisdom writer says, regarding our petitions before God, “…let your words be few” (Ecclesiastes 5:2). Prayer isn’t for the purpose of keeping God up to speed on what you want him to do but, rather, it is our seeking to keep up to speed on what God is doing.