Matthew 6:1-6, Common English Bible
Praying can be a high-pressure act. Whether you grow up praying or just recently acquired the joy of praying, the actual act of praying comes with stress. What if we were to view prayer as our connection with God by talking with God? Maybe we should become more child-like in our prayer life? Maybe a good entry point to prayer is to somehow reimagine prayer as a conversation with God as with a friend? God initiates the friendship with us!
God desires to talk with us. Also God wants to hear from us throughout the day and for us to listen to God’s voice. One of the ways God offers some insight into the dynamics of prayer is to listen to what Jesus says about prayer to the disciples.
“And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?” Matthew 6:5
“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God.” Matthew 6:6(a)
“Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” Matthew 6:6(b)
Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom:
“Prayer Reduces the Pressure of Daily Life!”