When you Pray

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.” - Matthew 6:5

People of different religions pray in various ways and sometimes in special postures. This is fine, but Jesus warned Christians not to be like the Pharisees, [pretenders] who prayed to be heard and seen by people. Their praying was purely a religious exercise.  

Effective prayer must come from the heart and in complete dependence on God.  In prayer, we do not talk to an earthly king or president, but we are communicating with the Creator and upholder of the entire universe who fills heaven and earth with His presence.

An old writer has truly said, “God looks not at the oratory of our prayers, how eloquent they are; nor at their geometry, how long they are; nor at their arithmetic, how many they are; but He looks at their sincerity, how heartfelt they are.”

Being invisible to the physical eye, God, being Spirit, is approached with awe and reverence. Jesus does not condemn a public prayer with others, but it should not be with the view of showing off because that would be hypocrisy and like the Pharisees.

Dear Father, I submit under Your hand today, and desire You to be seen and uplifted. Please remove all selfishness and desire for personal recognition from me in the name of the Lord Jesus.