The Lord’s Prayer part 1

Jesus tells his disciples that if they want to know how to pray then this is the way to pray:

Jesus tells his disciples in Matthew ch 6:

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 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.

First of all Jesus tells his disciples where to pray. He says public prayer is fine, but the reward is being seen. However, powerful prayer is prayer that takes place away from other people, in the privacy of your room, or anywhere quiet and private. Why did Jesus say close the door? Because this will ensure that you purpose in your heart to get alone with God and pray. Intentional, private, secret prayer to the Father is rewarded!

Jesus said the Father WILL REWARD YOU. Every time. Isn’t that amazing? I am sure you have not often thought of prayer this way, but Jesus is absolutely clear on this: pray in private to God your Father, and He will see it and hear it and He will reward you. Now the moment many people think about reward, they think money. I don’t believe this is what Jesus is referring to but remember that James tells us that God is the Father of Lights and he is the giver of all good gifts. The reward you get may be anything from peace, to assurance, to improved relationship, to deeper closeness with God – anything really. But Jesus says that when we pray like this , God the Father will give us a reward.

I do’t know about you, But I find that special and amazing.

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.

Jesus teaches her that we can keep things really real and simple with God. There is no need to speak fancy, religious sounding words. Just keep it simple and real, for this is what the Father seeks.

Now I have kept you waiting for two days before getting into the meat of the prayer, so please come and check tomorrow as you will not be disappointed. God bless you as you go now or later today to seek a quiet place to speak to Him, and remember to be real simple and honest with God. And after your prayer time, rejoice for He will reward you.