Daily Devotional

June 27th 2022

MONDAY

“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense His grace.” —Matthew 6:6 (MSG)

Jesus is not condemning public prayer, but He is condemning prayer for the purpose of putting on a show in an attempt to win the respect of others. We must pray sincerely to God if we desire His ear and His response.
We are not to pray like people who have no knowledge of God, who think that God is more likely to hear and do something if they wear Him out with their words—like a nagging child whose parent finally gives in and grants the child’s demands, just so they won’t have to listen anymore. God is our Divine Parent and as such knows what we need before we ask. We don’t need to placate Him by our many words. God wants to answer our requests. John says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us...like a good Father He listens to the desires of His children...and if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we've asked of Him (I John 5:14, 15).” We can pray with a great deal of confidence that God is listening ever so closely.
Do we feel that way when we pray? Certainly, there are many times when we pray that we just feel like giving up because it seems that He doesn't hear or for some reason does not want to respond. But Jesus says that God does listen, and our Father loves to reward us by answering our prayers.
We live in a world confused about how to relate to one another and even more confused about how to relate to a personal God. Often, we are like the Pharisees, who attempted to use God for their own ends, and we are equally as guilty of treating God as the pagans treat Him—Somebody unknown. Jesus says when it comes to prayer we need to pray sincerely and with confidence, and our Father will reward us openly.

Prayer: Lord, with sincerity, confidence and submission to Your will for our lives, we lift up our praise and adoration to You; we lift up our concerns and needs to You. As we go today, let us walk in the assurance that You are with us, that You will not leave us, nor forsake us. In Christ’s name, we pray. AMEN!

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