And when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. Matthew 6:5
Prayer is a vital part of our spiritual lives, without prayer how can you have a relationship with God? That’s why its important we spend time with God thru prayer and reveal our hearts to him. But what if you don’t know how to pray?
Jesus taught us the “Rules of Prayer” and also gave us the Lords Prayer. Most importantly God wants to hear what’s in your heart; don’t just pray in public for a show. When you do pray be honest because God already knows the truth
But you, when you pray, enter into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret shall reward you openly. Matthew 6:6
It’s important that we spend intimate time alone with God, when your alone with God you will be more honest. Go into a private room and spend a few moments with God alone. The Jews would use a “Prayer Shawl’ so they could be alone with God in prayer.
But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Matthew 6:7
Most denominations nowadays have everyone repeat pre-written prayers, but these words did not come from your heart. Think of it as this way, you received a Birthday card from your child and there was nothing personal written in it just the standard greeting. Although the thought counts, when you add your own personal thoughts in because more special and pleases God more
Be not therefore like them: for your Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask him. Matthew 6:8
Most importantly God knows you, he knows your needs and pain. Don’t be afraid to cast your cares on God because he already loves you. Tell him what your struggling with, he already has a solution for you. Just like any relationship there has to be communication, develop that relationship through prayer with God Amen