". . . In praying, do not babble like the pagans. . . "
This passage, from Matthew; Chapter 6, Verse 7-15, is one that got me to thinking about the way many Christians pray. I think of the resurgence of the Catholic Latin Mass, the speaking in tongues that has become associated with many charismatic faiths, and perhaps the general bombast of so many of the evangelicals.
I think a lot of this ties into an odd need by many Christians to "stand apart" from the rest of the secular society, much like how the Pharisees and scribes were a class onto themselves. The idea of having a mass conducted in another language, or to seem to speak a "secret language" give folks the idea that they are a "breed apart", a "chosen people".
If only these folks would realize that "Your father knows what you need before you ask him".