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We must pray for an audience of One, not to look good in front of others. God is listening when we pray. He is watching our hearts to see our motives. Are we praying to impress others, or even him? Or are we praying out of our love for him, and our sense of need for him.
What this all means is that multiple words are not necessary. Flamboyant expressions are not needed. Sometimes all that is needed is that simple one word “help”! And when times are really tough Jesus is eager for us to cry out to him in that way.
Way - God - Pray - Circumstances - Hurdle
We have looked at the way God calls us to trust him and pray, whatever our circumstances. How sad is it that we often feel inadequate at praying, and so fail at the first hurdle. The less we pray the less we feel able to pray, and the less we feel we deserve to be heard. Yet whether you last prayed five minutes ago or five years ago Jesus is eager to hear from you right now!
Jesus is much more interested in the heart felt cry of the needy than the carefully polished prose of the religious:
Hypocrites - Synagogues - Street - Corners - Others
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
This whole series on the commands of Jesus, was inspired and prompted by John Piper’s fantastic book on the subject. He explains the simple point I am trying to make...
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