It is easy for us to over complicate prayer. We make it seem much harder than it is, and can get easily discouraged when we can’t seem to find the right words.
The words Jesus speaks in Matthew remind us not to over complicate or overthink praying to our Heavenly Father.
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. Matthew 6:6-8
Praying in secret is much easier than praying in front of people, sometimes when we pray in front of others we seek to impress our audience instead of seeking God. Praying in secret emphasizes the intimate encounter than prayer is designed to be.
“True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that – it is spiritual transaction with the Creator of Heaven and Earth.” – Charles Spurgeon
We don’t pray to impress others, we pray for God. God has given us each a unique voice when we pray. No two people pray exactly the same, just like snowflakes no two are exactly alike.
That’s the beauty of being God’s masterpiece, we aren’t carbon copies of each other.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10
I love the warning that Jesus gives to essentially not ” fluff up your prayers”:
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Matthew 6:7
I know I do this sometimes, I get caught in my prayers and can start rambling or repeating myself, but praying more words doesn’t make our prayers more powerful. A longer prayer is not necessarily better than a shorter prayer.
What makes our prayers “fit” is the posture of our hearts (remember the post of unforgiveness and unbelief ?) These two concepts can keep our prayers aligned with God’s will.
The best way to avoid that is to spend quality time with God.
I’m not going to give specific challenges or instructions today, instead I just want to encourage you to spend some quality time with our Creator, however you spend time with Him is up to you!