Daily Bible Podcast Day 109 – 1 Samuel 22, Psalm 17, 35, Matthew 6

February 17, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan

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Scripture:
“‘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. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.'” ~Matthew 6:5-8

Observation:
Those who serve or pray for the admiration of people don’t earn any reward from God. Seeking the approval of others is a form of pride, which is a sin.

Application:
I try not to engage in long, flowery prayers. Sometimes the temptation is to be eloquent for the sake of what others might think. I don’t think that public prayer is always bad, but the temptation to worry how those in the room perceive me must be avoided. I also hope that this podcast doesn’t qualify as “showing-off” spiritually. That’s not where my heart is.

Prayer:
Father, You know what I need before I ask. Help me to never worry about the perception of others, but only what You care about. I desire my prayers to be meaningful and never full of filler or fluff. Keep me on track in both my private and public prayer life.

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