Wow, Jesus didn’t hold back the truth no matter what feedback he would get from it.  Especially  in the topic of prayer.  He straight out told them, hey listen if you’re going to pray just so you can be seen by your pastor or someone you’re trying to impress then save your breath.  Don’t bother cause your prayers are in vain.

Let me give you some love here! I’m not calling you a hypocrite, but if there is a hint of hypocrisy in us God burn it out of us in Jesus name.  And if you want to hear it the way I was raised in the Lord, if the shoe fits wear it.

Matthew 6:5

And when you pray don’t do it like the hypocrites… to be seen of all men…

During this time men were not having secret prayer but rather they prefer praying where they could be seen by many and receive praise from men rather than praise from God.

The bible clearly points out several faults concerning prayer. (1) false ambition (2) vain babbling (3) un-forgiving heart (4) pride (5) falling asleep in prayer.

(1) False ambition is to pray to seek self-glory and feed the ego by receiving attention from others on how much and great your prayers are and how many hours you stand in front of people and pray with elegant speech.

(2) Vain babbling is speaking empty words that sound great but have no heart behind them.

(3) Un-forgiving hearts, Jesus said it plainly like this, if you are about to make an offering and have a grudge with someone to stop go to that person and ask for forgiveness before you go any further.  I truly believe with all my heart this applies to prayer as well.  Anything we do in the house of worship should be done with a clear conscience and clean heart.

(Mark 11:22-25) Jesus was matter-of-fact: I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large.  Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything.And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it’s not all asking.  If you have anything against someone, forgive–only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins.

(4) Pride has many roots and God hates them all! Pride also comes before a fall (scary). One root is self-righteousness.  When we  think of ourselves to be better than others.  Mr. and Mrs. know it all and can do no wrong.  These type of Christians think they can help everyone and need no help themselves.  Jesus talks about this in the story of the Pharisees and publican.  The Pharisee was praying like a hypocrite while the publican knew he was a sinner.

(Luke 18:9-12)

He told his next story to some who were complacently pleased with themselves over their moral performance and looked down their noses at the common people:  “Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax man.  The Pharisee posed and prayed like this: “oh, God, I thank you that I am not like other people–robbers, crooks, adulterers, or, heaven forbid, like this tax man.  I fast twice a week and tithe on all my income.” “Meanwhile the tax man, slumped in the shadows, his face in his hands, not daring to look up, said, “God, give mercy. Forgive me, a sinner.” Jesus commented, “This tax man, not the other, went home-made it right with God.  If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face, but it you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.”

(5) Falling asleep in prayer per se is not a sin, but Jesus wants us to be awake in prayer because he understood the importance of watching and praying.  Things happen during prayer that need us to be alert and ready for battle.  If we fall asleep and can’t stay up that very hour we will miss the mark of watchful prayers. (Matt. 26:40)

Praying in public was common and is common in our churches today.  It’s a practice that brings unity and strength to the body of Christ.  But it is to be done with the right state of mind.  To bring Glory and honor to God with our whole hearts mind and souls.

Yes God!!!

Barbara Casas