I have a desk in our unfinished basement tucked away in the corner just out of the way of most flying balls or pucks. This is a usual spot for reflection and prayer. At my desk, dinner table, bed, car, school or church how are my prayers? In the longest recorded sermon given by Jesus, He describes the traits He was looking for His followers. Jesus requires consistent heartfelt prayer. He is not looking for a series of words but a true confession of the heart. This confession can be anything, because He already knows.
Matthew 6:8 says, “Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!”
As I reflect on my various daily prayers there are times when I read this verse I pause to think am I always honest and sincere? At times do I babble? Do I take for granite the fact that God is right there listening to every prayer. Even the dinner prayers were I’m attempting to keep the boys from calling each other out for having their eyes open. I believe as our relationship with God grows closer so does our prayer life . We are reminded that our Father who is mentioned 17 times in the Sermon on the Mount knows what is truly on our hearts. My flesh side of my self can be at times fearful, while at opposite times it can be full of pride. This lacks the closeness and the honest heartfelt prayers our Father desires.
Pastor Mike Baker a couple weeks ago shared four prayer killers that can take away from a sincere closeness to my Heavenly Father.
- Not abiding in God or His word ( John 15:7 )
- Not asking ( James 4:2)
- Not believing what you’re asking for ( James 1:6 )
- Not asking with the right motives ( James 4:3)
Which one of these can get in my way of the genuine one on one intimacy God desires no matter my location or circumstance?
Today’s Reading Matthew 6:8, Psalm 71
Dear Father, You know our hearts, minds, and soul. I ask that you help us to not let any of these prayer distractions get in the way of a closeness with you. God we don’t deserve this amazing promise and grace but it’s not about us, its about you. You hear all our prayers, you answer them all according to your perfect timing. Thank you for your love that only our eternal Father can give. I pray to always be open and honest with you admitting that I need you always. Jesus, we come to you with our hearts wide open. Help us to share the truth you already know, asking to come into our hearts and trust a promise you already gave us through your son Jesus. We love you. Amen
Psalm 71:5 For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.
Psalm 71: 18 Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all that are to come.