KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:5 KJV And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
(PLEASE read Matt 6:5-8)
The Lord Jesus on His teaching on the mount, also talked about the right ways to pray. The following is a highlight on some principles that He talked about.
Verse 5: Prayer is not for public show
Verse 6. Prayer is purely MAN communicating with God. When men treat prayer this way, God answers, and all will see it.
Verse 7 Pray in faith.
Verse 8 Be assured of God’s omniscience and omnipotence
The Lord addressed the errors that the Pharisees used to commit. He also talked to those who would be sons of God and to rightly relate with God must Know and avoid. Prayer is a serious business and must not be used to win the praises of men. Prayer would lose its essence if approached that
way. Some people have also taught that, because of what Jesus said about praying in your closed doors, one cannot pray in the open. This is a misunderstanding of the scripture. The Lord Jesus prayed publicly at the tomb of Lazarus. The import of His teaching is to avoid attracting the praises of men, because of your praying.
The Lord also talked about not using vain repetition in prayer. This is an example of how they did it. He says O God, and repeats it about four to five times. He says O God, O God, O God, O God. He makes a request for his school fees. He repeats, O God, my school fees. This person keeps repeating this for about five to eight times. The Lord calls it vain or empty repetition. Do not pray this way. Praying this way kills every faith in you, and cannot brink any answers to you.
Prayer is strong when you pray on the basis of the word of God. Always know what the Bible says and make your request on that grounds. The following is what he has said about answered prayer. Mar 11:24 KJV “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” This is the prayer of faith. This is the eternal word of God that is forever settled in heaven and God’s faithfulness is from generation to generation. Psalm 119:89,90
The Lord also said, the father knows your request even before you asked Him. God is all knowing and He is all powerful. Believe in Him and be ever confident in Him. Although He knows your request before you ask, asking fulfills His principle that says man must always ask God before He steps into man’s case.
I do not pray to attract any man’s attention. I pray to receive answers to bring glory to God. I do not repeat words in my prayers but rather I pray on the basis of God’s word, and He always answers me.
1 John 5:14 KJV” And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:”
1 John 5:15 KJV” And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”