Matthew 6:5, 9 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.”
“This, then, is how you should pray:”
Matthew included Jesus’ words on prayer as part of the Sermon on the Mount. Luke wrote in 11:1-4 a similar portion of Jesus’ words on prayer. Jesus prayed when He saw people being baptized. Luke 3:21, “When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized, too. And as he was praying, heaven opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him…” Jesus prayed continually, Matthew 14:23, Mark 1:35 and Luke 5:16. Jesus taught the disciples the Lord’s Prayer, Matthew 6:9-13. Because Jesus knew the Father, His prayers were a reflection of His sincerity as well as word choice. The prayers of God’s people’s are simple and sincere.
I sometimes forget we have an advocate, the Holy Spirit. When I do not know how to pray, the Holy Spirit guides my prayers. Romans 8:5b, “But those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.” The fruit of the Spirit is; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These attributes believers need to appropriate into their lives. Remembering those attributes, my prayers are simple and sincere.
How are simple and sincere prayers meaningful?
The Spirit guides us daily,