Blah Blah Blah Blocked Blessings
My father never let things like having six kids (that we know of) and one wife (that we know of) to house and feed cramp his style. So after spending all of the money at the racetrack that my mother earned working at RCA all day, he thought it was funny to welcome her home by playing a song called “Yakkity-Yack, Blah Blah, Blah, Blah.” It was a pre-emptive strike, a song about a nagging wife intended to keep her from nagging him about being a bum. It never prevented a battle.
JESUS warns us that there is a difference between persistent prayer and saying blah blah blah to GOD. He wants us to “nag” the Father, in a sense, to keep telling Him our longings for as long as we long for them. As JESUS is teaching what it is like when we belong to Him, He invites us to repeat our needs, to tell the Father what we want. But not by repetition of the same old phrases that lose meaning.
Both the Buddhists and Roman Catholics miss this point. With their prayer beads repeating the same words, chanting the same chants over and over, the words become blah, blah, blah. They are like little babies whose own crying or cooing comforts them into stupors rather than responses from a loving Father. Buddhists have a sort of rattle they spin around with each spin counting as a prayer they don’t even bother speaking. They literally are going through the motions that mean nothing to a relationship with GOD Who calls Himself the Word.
JESUS says to stop that. He may have been remembering when Elijah, the prophet of GOD, challenged the worshippers of the demon false god Baal to see whose god was real. He made the challenge impossible to meet by any human means. The Baal worshippers repeated the same thing over and over and over and even cut themselves to try to get their false god to answer. Elijah even teased them to keep it up because Baal may be busy doing his business in the bathroom and might answer them when he was done. But their bloody blah, blah, blahs went unanswered.
Then Elijah made the challenge even more impossible, called out to GOD to answer him for the sake of GOD’s Holy Name and the sake of calling His people back to Him. And GOD answered (and destroyed the worshippers of the false god in the process.)
JESUS gave His life for us to bring us back into relationship with GOD as our Father. He rose from the dead to prove we have the right to speak directly to GOD Almighty as Daddy. But He warns, don’t blah, blah, blah meaninglessly. Speak as His child, in conversation, not yackity yacking at YAHWEH.
My father and mother never learned to get beyond blaming blah, blah, blah. But Christ calls us to communicate through Christ all that is in our hearts, meaningfully, to our Heavenly Father because He should be meaningful to us as we are to Him.
“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
Matthew 6:7-8 ESV