Extended reading: Matthew 5:25-6:4 More on the Sermon on the Mount
“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. 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. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
Jesus informs us of the proper way to pray and immediately following provides an example of words to say. Our prayers are directed and meant only for the Father. Standing on street corners or in venues preaching to those passing by is self serving if not meant for God’s ears. Prayer is a direct discussion with the Father. A private time and place to open your heart and mind in discussion, one on one, to share your deepest and most important thoughts on your mind. God understands our individual situations and one cannot pray too much. We need to be honest when we pray and offer ourselves to be his servants.
Lord God, I thank you for understanding our life situations and complications. You, God, offer a direct path of communication all our concerns and joys. You accept all of our prayers and we should call upon you more often for guidance. You made each of us in your image and by sincere and honest prayer, reflection and submission we can strive to become true followers. Amen