Praying

Child PrayingPraying can be hard.  It can be a real challenge.  We can stumble over the words.  We aren’t sure what to say.  We aren’t sure how to say it. We don’t know what to do.

Praying can really be hard.

And then the notion of praying out loud for others to hear?  No way. That ain’t happening. It’s easy to leave the praying to professionals.

But, that’s not what Jesus wants. That’s not what He teaches.  That’s not what He’d have us to do.  In fact, the thing with praying, it actually has nothing to do with our words. And everything to do with our hearts.  Listen to what Jesus says today in Matthew 6: 5-6:

And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

He is telling us, don’t worry about what you will say.  Worry about your heart. Words don’t count.  Your heart and your presence do. God wants you aware of Him.  His presences.  His love.  His grace.  His mercy.

Him.

That’s what prayer is.

Opening ourselves to His presence in our midst.  Just allowing our hearts to be drawn closer to Him.  Yes, there’s things we should say. But that’s not what matters most.  What matter is this. Realizing that the God of the universe is with you.  Present with you. And loves you. And wants to know you.

Don’t worry about what you are going to say. Worry about this.  God is with you.  Open your eyes and see.  Know that.  And allow His grace in your life and in your heart. And He will take care of the rest.

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