Reading: Matthew 6
5 ‘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. 6 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.
We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.
The fact that we can pray is not something to be taken for granted. It is true that prayer is a natural need of the human heart, but that does not give us any right before God.
We pray to the God in whom we believe through Christ. Therefore our prayer can never be a conjuring up of God. We know that God knows what we need before we ask for it. That gives our prayer the greatest confidence and a happy certainty. It is neither the formula nor the number of words but faith that reaches God in his fatherly heart. The proper prayer is not a deed, not an exercise, not a pious attitude, but the petition of a child to the Father heart of God.