「But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.」 (Matthew 6:6)
At times, we admired and tend to copy those who gather with others to pray and whose kneeling wears out the carpet at their bedsides. There is nothing wrong to copy their styles, to emulate a perfect prayer life, and to imitate the eloquence of the so-much-more- articulate-than-me folks.
Eventually, I learned that our Lord simply desires prayer that begins and ends with humility. 「“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.」
Jesus invites us into an intimate exchange through which He promised to listen. He never requires fancy or memorized words or phrases. 「And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.」(Matthew 6:7)
He assured us that prayer is a gift, an opportunity to honour His majesty. 「In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.」(Matthew 6:9-10)
Also, to display our confidence in His provision. 「Give us this day our daily bread.」(Matthew 6:11), and to affirm our security in His forgiveness and guidance. 「And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.」 (Matthew 6:12-13)
God assured us He hears and cares about every single spoken and unspoken prayers, as well as prayers that slip down our cheeks as silent tears. As we place our trust in God and His perfect love for us, we can be sure praying with a humble heart
That’s surrendered to and dependent on Him is always the right way to pray.