8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
8 Verse 8. Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of]
Prayer is not designed to inform God, but to give man a sight of
his misery; to humble his heart, to excite his desire, to inflame
his faith, to animate his hope, to raise his soul from earth to
heaven, and to put him in mind that THERE is his Father, his
country, and inheritance.
In the preceding verses we may see three faults, which our Lord
commands us to avoid in prayer:-
1st. HYPOCRISY. Be not as the hypocrites. Mt 6:5.
2ndly. DISSIPATION. Enter into thy closet. Mt 6:6.
3rdly. MUCH SPEAKING, or UNMEANING REPETITION, Be not like the
heathens. Mt 6:7.