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.
A few weeks ago I walked into a restaurant, grabbed a table with some friends, and began to look at the menu. I can’t remember the name of the place, but what I can remember is a moment I saw while we were there. As I was lifting my head from the menu, I saw a family over my friends shoulder, praying. Heads bowed, hands held, quietly praying. I don’t know if they were Christians or what, but I thought, “what a humble display of gratitude.”
Above we see Jesus telling us not to pray in public. I don’t know if this is exactly the case. I think Jesus is telling us to not only pray in public. I think building a foundation of prayer starts in private. Jesus would often sneak off and pray alone (Luke 5:16.) I think we are being told that prayer starts with Jesus and I. As long as we are doing it alone, I think it will naturally flow out into public because it’ll become a habit.
I am guilty of this. Praying for my food out in public more than I do when I am just at home alone. I don’t know what it is. I guess I am just trying to get others to think I do this all the time when in fact I don’t. It’s time I begin praying in private more with Jesus. Once that foundation is built, allowing it to flow publicly.
This is Jesus guarding our hearts. He doesn’t want our motives for prayer to be thrown off by others. He wants our motive for prayer to be Him. Growing closer to Him. Growing stronger in relationship with Him. Knowing more about each other. I don’t just want this to happen in our lives, we need it to happen.
How is my relationship with Jesus really?
How can I begin to pray in private more?
Dear Lord, thank you for the promise you give us in prayer. The promise to comfort and carry our burdens. Help us to come to you more in good times and in bad with all we have. I love you! Amen.
Have a great week!