How often should I say "Father" when praying?

In public prayer should we address God repeatedly and without purpose?

If a young believer falls into this habit, encourage him to keep on praying in public - and in private. Praying aloud with his family or "in his closet" may help him, but it would be better to say nothing than to make him hesitate to pray publicly. The Lord may receive more from the stammering of a spiritual child than from the eloquence of a sage.

On occasion, private, deeply burdened prayer may be a faint reflection of the Lords prayer in Gethsemane. Combining Matthew, Mark, and Lukes records indicates the Lord may have addressed His Father in 3 different ways in His brief prayers. Such praying is different from the repetition in question.

Often a more mature believer is unaware that he is addressing God repeatedly. Is this actually taking "the Name of the Lord... in vain" (Exodus 20:7), a serious offense? In conversation, would we normally address someone repeatedly and purposelessly? This raises searching questions; do we really know God? Are we actually conscious that we are speaking to Him? "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone."

As evident in Pauls recorded prayers, spiritual intelligence guided him to address God in various ways (for example, Eph 1:17; 3:14). What a habit to cultivate.

D. Oliver