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Hello and thanks for joining in on to today’s daily devotion. Today is Wednesday. February 24th. The 4th day of the Hebraic week.
Our verses today is Matt. 6:5, 6
And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6 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.
Since we just discussed the Lord’s prayer, we thought we’d back up a few verses and discuss the “How” of praying. Verse five here makes it pretty clear that we should focus our prayers to be in a private setting. Now, this doesn’t mean you can’t pray in public. Not at all. However, when praying in public, you shouldn’t try to bring attention to yourself.
Prayer is to be between you and the Father. No one else. Verse six also shows us that prayer is not something we brag about to others. It is to happen as an unseen event and remain unknown as well. Our time in prayer is not a badge to be worn on our sleeve to show off to others. It is something that we humbly keep to ourselves.
When prayer becomes a spectator sport or that of trophies on a shelf to say “Look what I’ve done.” we then minimize prayer to self promotion and mock the true nature of what prayer really represents… A person in need.
Let this be a focus in your time of meditation throughout the day. Until tomorrow, shalom!