It is a bit ironic, admittedly, to think that when we cry out to the Heavenly Father–we are focusing upon Him, and not on us. Prayer is a sacred and personal communication between men and God and should not be treated as an event or done in a way to impress or prove our worth. As Jesus continued to preach about the relationship between men and God–he focused on the intimate nature of prayer, Giving, fasting and serving. He knew that common folk really looked to he religious leadership for direction on how to relate to God, and those men made each of those intimate times an event for public consumption.
Jesus reminded the folks that God cared for each of them and wanted them to come to Him with open hearts and minds; and simply realize that they could be transparent with God. As Jesus laid out the structure, He showed them that we need to reverence God, confess our sin, thank God for what He has done–and only then will we be ready to ask for what we need with the right heart. He also reminded the folks that their lives were about the relationship–not the reward, or praise of men. So, prayer needed to be a real and personal time between the people and God.
In our lives, it is easy to adopt this culture’s “texting” mentality in our prayer lives. We shoot three sentence prayers to God as we walk through our day–never stopping to get real, intimate, transparent or personal. It saddens God–the idea that we expect the instant gratification of quick answers. We do not appreciate time with God, nor do we wait for God to complete His work in us. Prayer becomes another task we do, only to please God, rather than the time we spend to get to know him, and, allow him to transform us. We need to approach prayer with the same intimacy we would approach our children. Sit, listen, understand and be real with God! We need to pour out our hearts to Him, and allow Him to open His heart to us! It is a real thing, prayer, it needs to be our priority, and our most personal time with God.
God Bless You
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babblinglike pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you needbefore you ask him.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.