As I prepared for today's Sunday school lesson on prayer
I was reminded of the importance of praying from the heart
and not being a hypocrite when lifting up prayers to the Lord.
"And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are:
for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets,
that they may be seen of men.
Verily I say unto you, They have their reward."
~ Matthew 6:5 ~
A hypocrite will say many "flowery" things about God,
but he never intends for God to hear him; only those who are standing around to hear.
The hypocrite desires the praise of people, but what is the lasting value of a person's praise?
If we pray so people will think we are spiritual, then we need to adjust our attitude.
We need to make sure our focus is on God and God alone when we pray.
"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."
~ Matthew 6:6 ~
Jesus told people to pray in secret so they would focus their prayers on Him.
Whether we pray in secret or in public is not as important
as whether or not we pray from our hearts.
God knows our hearts, including our motives for praying.
He sees our hearts like an open book and knows how genuine our prayers are.
When we pray from our hearts, God will answer our prayers.
His precious blessings will be evident in our lives as will our genuine spirituality.
Have a blessed Lord's Day, dearest friends!