Praying To God

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!



Elizabethd said...

Thank you Stephanie, just beautiful as a Sunday reading.

Anonymous said...

Blessings to you this Sunday, Stephanie.

Vicky Hunt said...

Absolute truth Stephanie and absolutely lovely as always. Have a blessed week sweet friend!

Blessings, Vicky
Life On Willie Mae Lane

Visits With Mary said...

Thank you Stephanie for always blessing me with your wonderful words. May God bless you on this wonderful SonDay.

Linda said...

Blessings to you my dear friend.

Sarah said...

Wonderful post Stephanie! It is all about having a personal relationship with God- He is the best friend ever!

May you have a blessed day!


Gypsy Heart said...

So true! Thank you for sharing ~


AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Amen and Amen!!

Sandra said...

Thanks for sharing you lesson and your heart. I hope your Sunday was a blessed day.

I meant to email you but forgot...I mailed my letter to you on Friday. :o)

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Thanks Stephanie for the reminders about prayer, and for your lovely photography. I hope you've had a blessed Lord's day. ~ abby

Karen said...

This is a wonderful post. Bless you

Delvalina said...

This so true and good reminder that why I always waiting people are sleeping and I start to pray :)

Thanks for sharing :)


Anne Payne said...

Another beautiful post with gorgeous images!

I like the 3 R's from Kevin DeYoung:
1. Rejoice
2. Repent
3. Request
This is an excellent format for any verse of Scripture. He gives an example @ http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2013/01/04/how-to-pray-using-scripture/


Debbie Harris said...

Thank you for the wonderful post, a good reminder, straight from the heart, that is what God desires.

I loved your wrapping idea! I will have to remember that one for sure.

I pray you have had a blessed Lord's day.

Anonymous said...

....Beautiful lesson ... you always ease my heart and uplift my soul.....
Thank You..Hugs and Blessings
Barb xxx

Unknown said...

Wonderful reminder, Stephanie! It's always good to step back and evaluate our motives for the things we do. It's so easy to get caught up in doing religious things because we'll get noticed...however, as you mentioned that should not be our goal at all. Jesus is the only one who deserves the glory and notice! Thank you for sharing!

Denise said...

What a blessed reminder before preparing for your Sunday lesson on prayer Stephanie! Prayer should be authentic and straight from our hearts; God wants our honest and sincere thoughts, praises, and requests.

Blessings; have a week filled with joy!

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Thanks for these reminders on prayer. The last photo of the rose with the purple flowers is stunning. ~ Abby

Conniecrafter said...

Oh so true, even when we don't know what to say God knows and to me that is so reassuring, that he knows my thoughts and concerns and all I have to say is Lord I lift this all up to you and always remember to be thankful in prayer :)

Jazzmin said...

Such a wonderful point! I read this Sunday and am just now getting a chance to comment, but your post was a blessing as I read it then and is now as well. A beautiful post to match your breath-taking photos.

Hope you are having the most blessed day, Stephanie!

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