But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not therefore like them: for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask him.
Y al orar, no uséis repeticiones sin sentido, como los gentiles, porque ellos se imaginan que serán oídos por su palabrería. Por tanto, no os hagáis semejantes a ellos; porque vuestro Padre sabe lo que necesitáis antes que vosotros le pidáis.
I have heard some prayers that sound as if the person praying is giving a sermon instead of talking with God. I have heard some that are the same over and over. Do we really think God hears those? If your child was talking to you and saying the same thing over and over in a meaningless way, how would you react? God wants us to have an intimacy and be close to Him.