by Fred Lowery

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Be Happy: Learn to Talk to God


Matthew Chapter 6. Let's see what Jesus had to say about prayer.
In the greatest sermon ever preached. From @atthew chapter 6.
Look in verse 5:"But 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. So don't be hypocritical in your prayer,
don't pray for other people. I tell you the truth they have received
their reward in full. When you pray, here's what you do. Go into
your room, close your door an-d pray to your Father who is unseen.
Then your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you
and when you pray do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they
think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be
like them. For your Father knows what you need before you ever
ask Him. 11 And then he gives a model prayer. So Jesus tells
us several things about praying.

First he says, it's to be private and personal. He says you're to
go into your closet, says the King James Version, "..enter into a room
and close the door." Does that mean that you're not to pray except
that you go in a room and close the door? No. What does he say?
He's saying that the real kind of prayer that is life changing and
so valuable in your life is the kind of prayer that you pray when
you're alone before God and totally honest and open with God.
You see when we are praying before the people we have a tendency
to be dishonest. We have a tendency to pray for the ears of other
people. What will they think about what we're saying? And we're
trying to phrase it in such a way so that we'll reveal a little bit
of our struggle but not much of it. We don't want the other person
to know what we are really thinking. We certainly do not want to reveal
all the dirty things that have found their way into our minds, not even
to our closest friend. Don't do th ...

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