Day 1 – Start with my Heart
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.” – Matthew 6:5 (ESV)
Jesus began His teaching on prayer by showing His disciples how not to pray. He does this by pointing to the prayers of those, especially the religious leaders, who loved to pray on the busiest street corners in town where they could be seen by the most number of people. The problem was they weren’t sincerely talking to God. Instead, their goal was to garner the attention and praise of others.
With this example, Jesus taught His disciples that praying just to look spiritual would not bring God’s reward. The only reward these street corner pray-ers would receive were the pats on the back from those who passed by. Does this mean that we shouldn’t pray in public? That wasn’t His point. Jesus wants us to see prayer as connecting our heart to God’s heart wherever we pray.
Today, as you begin your prayer journey, take a moment to jot down your motives for prayer. Ask God if He is pleased with your motives or if you need to adjust them to align with His heart for prayer.