Matthew 6:10-18

Monday, January 7, 2019

Talk Is Cheap

Praying Effectively

And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you need it. Matthew 6:7-8

Kim Mulkey doesn't need to talk trash. In high school, she led her team to four consecutive girls' basketball state championships. At Louisiana Tech University, she was an All-American point guard and won two national championships. As an associate head coach, Mulkey and the Techsters won another National Championship. As the starting point guard on the USA women's basketball team, Mulkey and her teammates won a gold medal in the 1983 Pan American Games, a silver medal in the 1984 World Championships, and another gold in the 1984 Olympics. Since becoming the head coach at Baylor University in 2000, the Lady Bears have made the post season every year. She is one of the winningest head coaches in NCAA history with a record of 539-98, including a historic 40-0 perfect season in 2011-12. She has won two NCAA Division I championships, the WNIT runner up once, and eight Big 12 regular season and tournament championships. She is also the first woman to have won the NCAA Division I title as a player and head coach. As for her reputation in college basketball, her record speaks for itself.

Jesus wanted His disciples to know they didn't have to say a lot in their prayers either. Evidently the “pagans” believed they had to “babble” on in their prayers in order to get what they wanted, as if somehow the amount and right choice of words would make a difference. But for Christians, our relationship with God speaks for itself. We don't have to use a lot of words to get what we pray for because God already knows what we need before we need it.