Jesus did a lot of training on prayer. His disciples would watch Him commune with the Father, and they wanted that same type of relationship, so they asked Jesus to teach them. Before the “Lord’s Prayer” teaching in the sermon on the mount, Jesus provided a glimpse into how to achieve deep intimacy with God the Father. The key is privacy. You don’t need to pray long prayers or public prayers for God to answer your prayers. Simple. Quiet. Alone. Those prayers are powerful. Those prayers change the world. Those prayers change you. I’m not saying we should never pray in public, there is a time and place for corporate prayer, but those sessions should be an overflow of your public prayer life. When was the last time you talked to God? Was it an intentional time of silence, adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication? Prayer is where you get the strength to face the challenges in your day-to-day life. Make it a priority.
Father God, thank you for opportunities to talk with You and listen to You. Help my private prayer life be honest, genuine, and consistent. Reward me according to Your will, in Your way, and in Your time. Amen.
Matthew 6:6: “But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”
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