How NOT to Pray

GUWG-Pray-Hands-newWe continue our 40-day journey deeeeep into the  of Jesus.

We’re sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to the greatest sermon ever preached: the Sermon on the Mount.

Today, we start looking at what Jesus said about prayer. He begins by telling us how NOT to pray:

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

(Matthew 6:5-8)

Do we do what some religious peeps do and pray for show, to be seen and heard by others more than God?

Or do we babble like pagans, as if the sheer volume of our words will trigger a response from God?

If you’re at all like me and your answer to those questions is “ummm … sometimes,” then do what Jesus says: get alone with your Heavenly Father right now and pray with a humble .

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