Sunday, September 4, 2016
Pray with Sincerity
God does not hear all prayers. If we are not sincere when we pray, then our prayer is not acceptable to God. We read the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 6: 5. He said: “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 6“But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
7“And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8“So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
9“Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
10‘Thy kingdom come.
They will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
11‘Give us this day our daily bread.
12‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’
14“For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15“But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions."
We must be serious when we pray. Very often people repeat the same prayer, the same words every night. They just say a quick rhyme. Even if we would repeat the Lord's Prayer, that I have just read, and we do not mean it, we are not sincere in our hearts, then that prayer is meaningless. But if we are serious and we pray from our heart, then our prayer will be answered.
We have to come humbly before God and pray to Him from our heart, with sincerity. Pray to Jesus, say to Him what is in your heart, but BE SINCERE because we cannot fool God and we must not try and fool around with God. God is not mocked and we cannot deceive God. We must come in sincerity before Him and He will answer our prayers.
May Jesus bless you.