Read: Matthew 6:5-9
Whenever you pray, be sincere…When you pray, there is no need to repeat empty phrases, praying like those who don’t know God, for they expect God to hear them because of their many words. There is no need to imitate them, since your Father already knows what you need before you ask Him.
Reflect: “Be sincere,” I am certain Jesus only said that because He is keenly aware that most of us aren’t as sincere as we think we are much of the time. We have this problem that plagues many humans, we fool ourselves. We are as the original word says, pretenders. We pretend to feel something we know we should feel, but we in fact don’t feel it at all. Our Father longs for intimacy with us and intimacy is built on trust and trust is built on truth. Without truthfulness we have no chance for intimacy so Jesus asks us to be sincere, be real, don’t be religious and say what you think God wants to hear. You may get away with telling people what they want to hear in some of your relationships, but not with God. As Jesus says, “He Knows!” He knows what you need before you ask Him and He also knows when we are lying to Him. It breaks His heart and it destroys any chance we might have to build intimacy and depth with Him.
Long drawn out phrases are not important to God. In fact, He is pleased when you get right to the point. Jesus said that! Don’t repeat empty phrases or use many words. Get to the point, share what is really on your heart. Be real, don’t lie.
Real prayer is sharing hearts. It is talking about the intimate details of your life. It is not built out of repeating prayers that sound great but it is built on pouring out your innermost thoughts and feelings, trusting your Heavenly Father to hear your heart and speak life back to you no matter what you are feeling at the moment.
“Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” There is no man who has ever lived who could make that statement except Jesus. The one who knew the Father’s heart before the beginning of time. The one who dwells in unity with the Father. The one who has the same heart! Jesus said this for one reason, to get us to trust Him more, to know He already knows. Quit defending and denying, be real. We can’t hide, we have no need to hide. He Knows. We won’t lose His love or His favor, He Knows! These words are meant to disarm us and to lead us into intimacy with Him. It is your Father’s heart reaching into your pain and struggle saying, “I Know,” come to me and let’s talk. Come to me and let me speak into your situation and circumstances, “I Know.” But it is more than “I Know.” It is, I want to talk about it. I want to share in it. I want to help with it. So stop, get alone and pour out your heart today. It will be the start of a fresh and new intimacy with your Father.
Father, I need reminding when it comes to being real with you, please forgive me for trying to build a relationship with you built on anything but the truth. Sometimes the truth is tough for me to deal with, but I want to get over that and I want to be honest and real with you. Holy Spirit, teach me and empower me to pray with an honest heart.