Hey guys, I am so happy you are viewing my post today! My name is Raegan, and I am one of the two owners of this blog! I post every Thursday, unless something occurs. But, I am so happy you popped in! So if you are viewing this post for the first time ever, welcome! And you are in luck because I am going to be starting a five week plan on prayer, beginning with this post!
We are going to go through what I believe the four parts of praying are and I think the four parts are, Praising, Confession, Thankfulness and Supplication!! But, today we aren’t going to talk about those four pieces we will start next week and the next few following.
Today, we are going to look in Matthew 6!! Verses 5-8!
“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.”
This weekend my pastor talked about the first part of Matthew 6, (I think his favorite book in the Bible is Matthew.) specifically Matthew 6:1-16.
So we talked about secrecy this week, which isn’t what we are talking about, but he used these verses, and I decided I am going to use them in my post as well.
So this is taken from a very important sermon, called The Sermon on the Mount!
So these verses are talking about praying. Guys, I think this is very enlightening. It talks about when we pray, how we should do it. When we look at those verses, it says don’t be like the hypocrites, and in both Biblical times, and now, it means basically the same thing. But, here it is saying don’t be like them, and don’t stand in the churches or streets just to be seen.
Back in this time and today there are people who just wanted the attention that they are doing Godly things. Then it says, they have received their reward. But what reward? The reward of worldly people noticing them, saying good job, and acknowledging them.
Then the next part talks about how we should pray. We should pray with the door closed, and in secret – not for everyone to notice. Yes, we can still pray with others in public, but what this is saying don’t only pray for and with others. Rather, pray in private and build the relationship with God.
A great way to think of this..
My pastor used this great analogy with a closet, and praying in privacy, rather than on the corners. That is how God wants us to pray. Think about a relationship. You have a private part of the relationship (I’m not talking about the big thing). Rather, building a relationship, and you will always build a relationship in private.
Before we talk about the four parts, the next four weeks. I challenge you to pray sometime this week in private.