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Posted by Jasmine Thason

∙”Action without prayer is arrogance, prayer without action is hypocrisy.”-

 

Jesus said ‘“…When you pray, go into your inner room… shut your door,pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will repay you”‘ Matthew 6:6

 

With these few words, Jesus set the common perception of prayer on its ear. He said prayer was not to be a public demonstration of how ‘spiritual’ we are. No, the intimate nature of our communication with God calls for getting alone, away from all interruptions and distractions. Why? Because it’s just you and your Father in a family discussion.

 

When people say they don’t know how to pray, what they usually mean is that they don’t know how to pray like some of us. They don’t know how to use our ‘Christian jargon’. Jesus said you don’t need to worry about getting all the words right because'”…your Father knows what you need, before you ask Him”‘ Matthew 6:8

God’s listening to our heart more than our words. We don’t have to be self-conscious about our praying; God isn’t grading us on how well we express ourselves. Again, compare prayer to breathing. Our breathing is done without our conscious attention to it, or even awareness that we’re doing it. It is the natural expression of our moment-by-moment dependence on oxygen. That’s how God wants us to treat our communication with Him.

 

He wants prayer to be the air we breathe, the environment in which we live. Isn’t that wonderful? Through prayer we can live in continuous contact with God. Just think how much that can change us and improve the quality of our lives. This is how to know if you’ve fully surrendered. When you rely on God to work things out instead of trying to manipulate others, force your own agenda or control the situation.

 

The Bible refers to “the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart” as prayer

 

You don’t have to be in charge, you simply let go and let God have His way.

 

∙”Prayer does not change the purpose of God. But prayer does change the action of God

Jeremiah 29:11-14

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