How to Pray

Matthew 6:6
“But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.”

The instruction Jesus gives us on how to pray is mostly ignored. We’ve mainly been instructed to read written prayers to God. But Jesus Himself told us to instead spend time with God in “your inner room.” In the next verse He tells his followers to “not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words.” Jesus goes on to say that “your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Jesus seems to be telling us to spend some quiet time with God and simply be present to the Divine Presence. Following Jesus is about experiencing the Paschal Mystery in your daily life. It is about experiencing Christ’s “dying and rising”…death leading to new life…in our lives. One way to “die to yourself” is to practice contemplative prayer…sitting in quiet…turning off the noise…letting go of your ego…and to simply “be.” Allow God to commune with you…and you will most assuredly begin to experience new life now.

Suggested song of the day—“Turn Off the Noise” on the Listen to Your Heart album.
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Have a blessed day!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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2 Responses to How to Pray

  1. Steven Atwood says:

    Reblogged this on Steve Atwood's Blog and commented:
    All to often we tend to forget how to pray. This is a good post reminding us on how to do it.

  2. dianeroark says:

    I love it when I have time to just be quiet and take time to hear God. In our very busy lives this is difficult to do but extremely necessary. Blessings, Disne http://www.recipesforourdailybread.com

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