HOW SHOULD CHRISTIANS PRAY?
Jesus reveals to us how we are to pray and how we are not to pray.
Mathew 6: 5-8 KJV
5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.
I believe we can sum all this up in being a heart issue. When it comes down to prayer, is the most precious tool when it comes to our relationship and communications with our God.
So what Jesus is saying here when it comes to prayer? We must come always with our hearts in the right place, I believe we should start our day always in prayer and end it in prayer too, and all throughout our day, God is always listening and we can and should pray to him no matter how small or medial we may think it is.
I am the worst offender of drifting from this… and always asking God for forgiveness for my slackness. I get a good thing going where I wake up early and go out on the lounge and pray and read God’s word, but then I get distracted and tell myself i just don’t have time this morning and hit snooze. In reality if my heart were in the right place I would always have time and never have excuse. So we must get our heart in the right place to give 100 percent to our God.. I also have been feeling very Led by God to get on my knees to pray lately, it has been a very strong conviction as most times I will already be in bed at night but I Hear God telling me get up and get on your knees…have some respect. I can not recall if it is biblical just a strong sense I have been receiving.
Now, Jesus tells us not to be like the hypocrites who loudly pray out in public, these people are obviously coming at it with their heart in the wrong place, doing for reasons other than to connect with God on personal level, rather praying for own self-fulfillment, and self-righteousness, it reminds me of some of these pastors in mega churches who more represent a rock star than a follower of God. For their reward has been received in full, In saying this Jesus is not condemning praying in public, Just make sure your heart is in the right place.
Finally avoiding repetition this reminds me of a catholic school I attended as a child where we were made to say 10 hail mary’s in the morning, or 20 our fathers if we had sinned. It is just not biblical..
Thanks for reading and my God bless you all.