Read Matthew 6-8
Highlight: Matthew 6:6
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.
I am sure that you have heard the joke that there will always be prayer in schools as long there are tests. Joking aside, prayer is very personal. Each of us prays at some time or another. Some of us pray all the time, some once a day, and some only when desperate. No matter when we pray, it is most likely silent because we don’t stand on street corners shouting our prayers to the world. It makes most of us uncomfortable to be the center of attention, let alone dragging our relationship with God out there for all to see.
Praying should be done in private so that it stays between you and your God. These are personal prayers that go to the heart of our beings, our lives and our faith. No one else is involved and that is how it should be.
There are times when we do pray aloud, for instance, when we all say grace before a meal. The Pastor prays aloud in church for all of us. We say the Lord’s Prayer in unison. There is comfort and strength to be drawn from fellow believers. When asked how to pray, Christ said, pray in secret. He used these words from Matthew:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one
That says it all.
Dear God, let me rejoice to spend time with you, to listen to you and be encouraged in my walk of faith. As I set aside time for prayer, help me grow in faith and trust to meet whatever challenges come my way. I find joy in your presence, through Christ our Lord. Amen.