2016-04-14 - When We Pray
Matt 6:6 But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
Jesus has just warned against practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them;. The concern is about the intent of the heart. Prayer is a conversation with God, not a show for the people around us. There is public corporate prayer and with family and friends, which should be a separate matter than this warning is against.
There is a catchy phrase that does make a point - Seven days without prayer makes one weak. The hazard would be to take this lightly. The point made is very true. In our fast-paced, hectic culture it is far too easy to allow live to run roughshod over our personal life. This includes time with family and friends, and prayer, and even needed sleep. All are failures and to our own detriment.
Some start their day with prayer while others close the day with prayer in preparation for the coming day. Others scatter prayer throughout their days.
Even on our worst days we should find the blessings that are there and be thankful to God for them. Remember the needs of others. Avoid the shopping list syndrome where a list of wants (separate from needs) are presented before making a quick exit. Keep this time private with God. Look back on the day and see if you can find times when His hand moved through events in your life and the lives of others.
Don't make your quiet time with God or speaking to Him during the day an onerous task. It is a privilege to be able to go to Him with anything from concerns to celebrations. He wants to hear from us. We are His children. The Father loves us enough to send His Son to die for us. The Son loved us enough to go to the cross in our place.
Prayer should not be the resource we reach for last.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 17 pray without ceasing;
Selah. Think on these things.
Lord, thank You for the opportunity to come to you both privately and together bringing our cares and concerns as well as our thankful praise for what You provide in our daily lives. Be a light to our path as we follow the way You have made for us. Amen.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.