But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Matthew, Chapter 6, verse 7.
I get caught up in thinking that I’m saying these wonderful prayers, but I recognize that they don’t mean anything if I’m daydreaming about situations at work or what I need to get at the store. I realize that when I say the same prayers over and over without thinking about what I’m saying to God, they ARE vain repetitions! God doesn’t want me just going through the motions when I pray. He wants any communication I have with Him to be meaningful enough to focus on it.
Here is a related passage:
*This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honoureth Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me. But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Matthew, Chapter 15, verses 8-9.
Because this an example of how I’ve applied these Bible passages to my life, it doesn’t necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passages.