Monday, September 7, 2015


As we begin our all church emphasis on prayer let’s look at how Jesus teaches us to pray and how not to. 
Don’t pray like the hypocrites  
5 "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 men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. Matthew 6:5
Some people want to be seen as "holy," and public prayer is one way to get attention. Jesus sees right through our self-righteous acts and teaches us that the essence of prayer is not public style but honest, personal private communication with God. 
Don’t pray like the heathens     
7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like 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 need before you ask him. Matthew 6:7-8
Repeating the same words over and over like a magic incantation is no way to ensure that God will hear your prayer. Jesus encourages persistent prayer but he condemns the shallow repetition of words that are not offered with a sincere heart. Be Real, Be Honest and Be Open to hear what God has to say to you. 

Your pastor and partner in ministry, 


1 comment:

  1. Don't seek attention from the world when you pray, seek attention from your Father, and your Father alone. If you do this, then the world will see Him through you.