Today’s Bible reading is – Teaching about Prayer and Fasting
5 “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. 6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. 7 “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. 8 Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! 9 Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. 10 May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today the food we need, 12 and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. 13 And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.
Matthew 6:5-13 (NLT)
I have pretty severe hearing loss so I don’t hear the public prayers at church: while they are praying I am praying that the one praying out loud is praying a prayer that glorifies God. Understanding other’s words is a laborious task for me and people that talk all the time and don’t say anything when they are doing is one of the things that make me want to avoid that person. I understand that I pray things that weary God because I know the answer is not what I want before I say it and I ask forgiveness as many times as I ask what I know God won’t give. I realize that God knows more of what I need than I do so I am trying to learn to quit instructing the All-Knowing God on what I need: and yes, I realize God will give me what I need even if I don’t want it. I spontaneously said “God, Thank you for a good day” yesterday, and that was followed by “Thank you for being in my life whether it is a good day or bad.” Life is not about how you look to the world but the health of your relationship with God: I talk to myself out loud and call myself a brainless idiot numerous times every day because I have tried to leave the house 5 times and have forgotten, my phone, my keys, the paperwork for what I was doing, my tools, and even my coffee: and if you think I am weird for that I don’t care. I say short prayers under my breath throughout my day too and if you by accident hear that too: I wasn’t talking to you but I have said it before – if we believe God is with us wherever we go it would be rude not to talk to Him. The Pharisees would make great showy prayers in the public places so that everyone there would know who they were: the true believer wants to bring Jesus’ name into remembrance to others so they can know Him too… what good is knowing me going to get you anyway: I am “That grouchy dude that talks to himself”. Get into God’s Word and get what you need to do His will today and get your heart set on hearing Him.