“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.’” (Matthew 6:7-8)
In this passage, Jesus tells His disciples and us that when we pray our goal is not to see how long we can keep our mouths moving or how much we can say. Jesus commands us, “Do not use meaningless repetitions.” The idea is not that we shouldn’t repeat ourselves, but rather that the repetition should not be “meaningless.” Our goal should always be to communicate to our Father in heaven when we pray. This not only made me think about my own prayer life, but also reminded me that our patients need and deserve the same heartfelt communication that Jesus talks about.
Our organizational script is, “Is there anything else I can do for you? I have the time.” Our script helps us consistently communicate the message to those we serve, whether it is our patients, our coworkers or families. Using any script over and over can be a challenge. Do we really mean what we say, or are we simply repeating words because it is expected of us? Whether it comes from the heart or is something that is simply memorized is easily recognized through our tone and body language. Pray from the heart and speak from the heart.
*Reprinted with permission