Words from the Heart for Friday February 5th, 2021
But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
Matthew 6:6 (NLT)
When You Pray
Back in 2016 the Angus Reid Polling Company did a survey of prayer in Canada and discovered that prayer is alive and well in our country. 42 per cent of Canadians are involved in at least one prayer related activity, once each week. An additional 44 per cent say they engage in some prayer activity each month. 86% of Canadians – even those who are inclined to reject religion themselves – view prayer as enriching for the person who prays.
Jesus has certain expectations for His followers, and one of the most foundational expectations is that we will be people of prayer. In Matthew 6:6, He says “But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” Throughout His ministry, Jesus taught His followers to pray. His expectation is that those who have committed their lives to following Him will be people of prayer. After all, how else will we be able to enjoy the rich fellowship that He longs for us to have. So, Jesus begins by saying, “when you pray.” There is no “if” about this. At the heart of the Christian faith is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In any relationship there is communication. And in our relationship with Jesus, He calls us to prayer. Private, intimate prayer. There is a place for public prayer. The Bible tells us about prayer meetings that were held. But as we develop our relationship with Jesus, we are called to times when just the two of you share your heart with each other. Take time today to get away by yourself, just you and the Lord.
These have been words from the heart.