Our Life Group is doing a study on the Sermon on the Mount and we just read about prayer (and we’ll look at the Lord’s Prayer next week). Even though we spent the majority of our time talking about Highs and Lows (high/low of our week), I feel like we still had a meaningful discussion centered around prayer. Erik asked us to consider Who we are talking to and how reflecting on His nature might change the way we pray. I feel my prayers are often, as Alexis put it, “method” and rote, something where I have a checklist in my head and I need to make sure everything is covered before I say “amen.” But when I consider Who I’m speaking to and, as Ruthie said, that He desires a relationship with me, one that includes conversation, that changes the flavor and motivation of my prayers. I want to be in constant conversation with God and to always be building our relationship.
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.