Not Praying as Hypocrites Do
One of the important things that Jesus taught is communicating with God. We are created to talk to God and hear God to talk to us. Deaf and dumb Christians are those who never speaks to our Father, to our God. God does not force us to speak to Him and to hear Him.
Matthew 6: 5 says “ And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. “
Hypocrites are like actors, pretenders… Some Christians play a drama on the church stage, on Sundays, they are holy, they are singing and giving devotions to God…but on weekdays, they go back to their old living. Hypocrites are pretending to be holy but they are not really holy. Jesus called the hypocrites as vipers.
Ways by which Prayer is done only for men to hear
1. God will not answer a prayer that is just more of “talking”.
For other people, prayer is just like talking. They just talk to God to ask for help and to get something, thinking that God is a shopping list. They ask God to “ Lord, give me this, give me that”. But prayer is not like this, prayer is communicating and enjoying communion with God and hearing His voice. Like what a father felt when a child talks to him just to ask for money or to buy his child for something, he feels discontent and unhappy. They lack relationship and communication. God is not delighted to us when we just talk to Him without a heart.
2. Do not pray in order to be seen by men.
Matthew 6:6 (NIV) says “ But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.“
Actors are always trying to impress others. They show how holy they are by praying in public. Praying in flowery language or long prayers just to show up others how beautiful their words are.
Praying in these ways does not work and God will not answer our prayer for if it is not sincere and heartfelt and does not recognize God’s holiness. If prayer is offered for men, it is a sin. Talk to God and to Him alone. Do not memorize and copy prayers from anyone. Ask forgiveness for offering your prayers to men, if we do this, we find the next step, we can pray more sincerely to God.