Wednesday: 19th June, 2019
Reference text: Matthew 6:1-6,16-18
Matthew 6:6 But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly.
In the animal kingdom, the males of some species often put up flamboyant displays in a bid to attract females in mating seasons. In many cases therefore, it becomes a matter of the most handsome wins, the strongest conquers and the best at showboating triumphs. If prayer followed similar tenets, then some of the categories we could have would include: the longest is answered, the most verbose receives the greatest attention and the one most advertised, probably the most acceptable.
In simple terms, we are likely to encounter significant difficulties if we had to make prayers as people seeking to impress. Think about this for a moment- “What would it be like if the only way to get a prayer answered was to do all you could to impress God? In fact, what at all could we physically do or give to impress Him?
Promise Him the whole world? Sorry my dear, He owns it all. Promise to stay with Him until the end of time? Again sorry beloved, Time is in Him. Even better, Show your strength and promise to fight for Him? He is the mighty man in battle and wins without even lifting a finger. So the truth is, we would literally become miserable creatures if every single prayer of ours had to impress God before being answered because there is hardly anything we can do to impress Him.
That is why He invites us to abandon the attitude of praying to impress and rather encourages us to seek him in secret. To find him in a place deep in our hearts and not as an expression we only wear on our faces. Also, when we seek God in prayer, we need to remember that He is not just any man waiting to be dazzled and impressed, but a father awaiting our libation; an outpouring of sincere words from the heart of His own children.