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Prayer is an intimate talk between you and God…have you talked to Him lately?

Communication Connection
When We Pray – Part 1

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:5-15

Key Verse: Matthew 6:5

“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.

God wants to communicate with us. He wants to hear us talk to Him and He wants to talk to us as well. This week we are going to talk about the “Communication Connection” between God and His Children. In our scripture reading, please note that Jesus simply said, “When you pray;” it was an assumption on His part that His followers would pray. The question that Jesus wanted to clarify is “how” they would pray.

Jesus refers to the “hypocrites who love to pray publicly on the street corners.” He doesn’t name them, so we can only assume He is referring to the Pharisees. The point Jesus wanted His followers to get was that prayer is not something to parade in front of people, but rather go into a quiet and solitary place to talk to our Father in heaven. The lesson, in my opinion, for us modern day Christ followers is, don’t make prayer a notch on your belt, a sign of your spirituality. Prayer, to me, is an intimate talk between you and God, not a discipline that, if accomplished, is a matter of pride.

The next point Jesus taught in this passage is: Don’t make prayer a marathon, or as He said it, “don’t babble on and on.” God is not impressed with lots of words. We’ve all heard stories of people talking about their hours of prayer, and then worried about our own short prayers. God wants to hear what is on our hearts. Great prayers are not measured by their length but by their sincerity and faith.

When we decide to pray, we are telling God that we believe He is open to hearing us and pray in a way that we truly trust that fact. Prayer is an act of trust and faith, with lots of thanksgiving from a grateful heart that God is answering our prayers. (Continued)

Father, I praise you for hearing me when I pray. I am confident that you always listen and answer according to your will. In Jesus’ name, amen.