Matthew 6:5 NIV 2011
“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 others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.”
Jesus spoke to His disciple and the crowd gathered around Him. Matthew 5:1-2, “Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.” Sandwiched in the middle of Jesus’ message, He shared how and where to pray. He admonished those that pray just to be seen. Prayer is a personal conversation between the person praying and God. Jesus offered the people the purpose of prayer and ultimately how to pray, The Lord’s Prayer, in verses 9b-13. Prayer is a personal conversation with the Lord.
I learned the Lord’s prayer when I was in Sunday School. It wasn’t until I had my own Bible that I discovered it as I was reading in the book of Matthew. I just finished reading about a girl from Russia raised by atheists who learned it by reciting it at funerals. When freedom came, she searched out the meaning. That prayer was a tiny light that led to her becoming a Christian. Seeking God if unsure how to pray, I can pray it. Prayer is my personal conversation with the Lord.
How do we daily converse with God?