Daily Dose, March 8

 

And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that 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) Go into a quiet private place and spend time alone with our wonderful heavenly Father.  There is no need to try to pray in the voice of James Earl Jones, or with the eloquence of a poet. Just talk to your heavenly Father and share what is in your heart. Know that He hears you. He never grows weary of hearing your cares or concerns, unlike us sometimes. I remember when my kids were young, and they would come home from school chatting up a storm. My mind would feel like it was literally going to blow. He is not like that at all. He waits to hear our voice and delights when He does. This Lent take a fresh look at your prayer life. Go into your quiet place and pray as Jesus taught us to pray. “Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.   Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:9-15) --Rev. Terri Henkel