3/19/15 Prayer Is A Loving Conversation

“Likewise, when you pray, do not be like the Pharisees, who pray in loud voices in the middle of the street, looking only for the attention and admiration of the people around them.  Their prayers may sound good, but they are really praying to themselves!  They pray with pride in their hearts, saying words that they have memorized, but without any passion behind them.  I tell you the truth, the admiration of their peers is the only reward they will ever get.  When you pray, it is not the words that matter as much as your heart.  Prayer is a very intimate time between you and your Heavenly Father.  It should be done in private, where you feel free to pour out your heart to Him and listen quietly for His response to you.  You don’t need a lot of words, or any fancy words, just speak your heart.  Remember, He is all-knowing.  He knows what you need before you ask.  Consider how delighted an earthly father is when his child confides in him.  He may already know what the child is telling him, but that doesn’t matter to him.  All that matters is the relationship.  He loves his child and is overjoyed when he finds that his child feels he can tell his father anything.  This is what prayer is meant to be.  Your Heavenly Father loves you like an earthly father loves his child.  He wants you to be able to open your heart to Him about anything and everything, and to know that He is always listening, always loving, always willing and able to do what is needed for you.”

Matthew 6:5-8


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