Day 3 – Express, Not Impress
“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” – Matthew 6:6-8 (ESV)
When we get alone with God to pray, Jesus wants us to express our hearts in an unrehearsed and unforced way. God is not enamored nor impressed by the number of words in our prayers. What impresses God is simple faith and pure hearts.
In your prayer time today, use the same kind of words that you use when talking to a close friend. Simple prayers offered with pure hearts can be powerful. For example, you may pray a simple but powerful prayer like Peter did when He was sinking down in the water during a terrifying storm on the Sea of Galilee: “Lord, save me!” Jesus heard Peter’s simple request and immediately pulled him up out of the water. There will be other times that you need more time and more words to express your heart to God. Remember, pray to express not impress.
As you pray today, take however long you need to express your heart to the Lord in a natural, unforced way.