Text: Matthew 6:5-8, 7:7-11
This section of Matthew has the largest collection of Jesus’ teachings on prayer. In my younger years, my prayers were an attempt to bring God up to date on what was going on with me, and to intercede for all the people in my life and around the world who needed help. Gradually, I came to realize that God was really, really smart and already knew what I was saying. In fact, God knew what I was going to pray before I did.
Romans 8:26 says, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” For me, this has become the most important scripture in all the Bible regarding prayer, because often, when I pray, I’m not even sure what to ask for, but God already knows and understands my prayer, even if I don’t. And it is the Holy Spirit who intercedes for me and others, not me.
Prayer is the way we connect with God and prayer is what nourishes our faith. God really does not need to hear our prayers, but we have been created with a deep need to connect with our Creator. Let us take time this coming week to talk often with God, not because we should, but because we deserve it.