“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. – Matthew 6:5-:6 (NLT)
I was listening to a preacher talk about “maybe there is a better way to pray”, and suddenly, something turned on inside of me (“ting!”) about how I am praying. One of the reasons I had when I go to prayer meetings at our church was to let the “church members” see that I am a godly person, and I am worthy of being their leader.
In the scripture above, the disciples asked Jesus (God Himself!) how to pray because they may have noticed that Jesus’ prayer seems to be working and fun, while the way the disciples prayed (i.e. which was the normal religious way the Jews prayed) was just mumbling and not a lot of fun, and nothing seems to be happening.
Jesus started with the scripture above. He said that we should not pray just so people would see us praying! He actually said to pray where no one sees you, and pray to YOUR FATHER!
Jesus is saying that the way He prays, is not for show. It was a natural chat time with OUR FATHER. If you were talking to your loving dad, would you need to bring him to the market so that people would know you are spending time with him? Or is it just natural to talk to your dad about anything in any place that you are together? Like in the toilet, or in your room, or while eating, or before sleeping, or while watching a movie, or while riding a jeepney?
I got reminded that praying to MY FATHER in Heaven is just like having a chat with my wife. I talk to my wife because I love talking to her. I do not talk to her so that people would see that I am a good husband! It is just natural for me to talk to my wife anytime and anywhere that we may be! I should pray the same with MY FATHER in Heaven.
Praying is not the goal. The goal is: having spent great times with MY FATHER in Heaven. It is not even a goal. It is something anyone would love to do! 🙂
I hope you would also pray (i.e. chat) with our Father in Heaven without the need to impress anyone, but you would do it just because you love chatting with Him! Enjoy your prayer times with our loving Father!
Keep tuned in to my blogs! More to come about what Jesus taught us about prayer!