Saturday, March 21, 2015

Prayer Is Private Devotion!

Pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly. (Matt. 6:6) 

Prayer is never something we do to be seen. It loses its whole purpose if it becomes a platform to impress others. It is a private act of devotion, not a public demonstration of piety. According to Jesus, it belongs in the closet of our lives, an act done in secret. . . . 

Christ never saw a prayer as pleading or begging or hammering away at the throne of God. No, the Father knows His children, He knows what we need. Therefore, there is no reason to think that connecting with Him requires special words excessively repeated. . . . 

Prayer was never intended to be a verbal marathon for only the initiated . . . no secret-code talk for the clergy or a public display of piety. None of that. Real prayer---the kind of prayer Jesus mentioned and modeled---is realistic, spontaneous, down-to-earth communication with the living Lord that results in a relief of personal anxiety and a calm assurance that our God is in full control of our circumstances. 

Strengthening Your Grip 

Prayer is powerful. 

Prayer, when incubated in the privacy of private devotion, becomes a very powerful element in a Christian's life. I, for one, am a very strong advocate of a private prayer life. Do I pray in public as well? Yes, I do. It is one thing to pray in public appearing to be as pious to those who see us and it is an entirely different way of life when we pray in private. 

Private prayer is raw, emotional, incredibly personal, etc. In our private devotional time, we have a chance to talk to God in the same way we can talk to our family and friends. During our private devotion, we not only thank God for what He has done for us and praise His holy name, we have a chance to bring our petitions, any concerns we have, and questions we may have to His attention. Our private prayer time will empower us, provide us with a fresh perspective, and continually remind us of our need to be in continuous communication with God. My dear friends, make your prayer a private devotion to God and watch God do the miraculous in, through, and around your life. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).