Monday, June 11, 2018

Matthew 6:6-8 -- On Practicing Prayer

"But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him."
Matthew 6:6-8

I like the idea here of prayer being a very personal thing between ourselves and God.  It isn't meant to be shown off in public or about proving how holy we are.  It's about communicating with our Heavenly Father, getting advice and help on dealing with life.

The fact that he already knows what we need can seem frustrating, and we wonder why he doesn't just give us what we need.  As with most things in life though, the point is our own edification.  We need to learn who we are, and the difference between needs and wants, and generosity and selfishness, and ... so many other things.  And sometimes we need to talk it all out with someone, and God is always going to be the best someone for things like that, because he can always help, no matter how bad it gets.

Today, let's go to God in prayer.  Let's talk to him about how we think and feel and of our hopes and dreams, and let's also listen and feel and see what God wants to communicate to us.  The more we practice, the more we'll be able to tune into the Spirit, and be on the same page with God about things.

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