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Outta the Box
Not Conforming, Being Transformed
Prayer is a special time of communion between you and your Heavenly Father. In Matthew 6:5-8, Jesus warned of using prayer to highlight yourself. In His day, there were religious leaders and others who would stand out on the streets and pray – not to be heard by God, but to be heard by other people in an effort to seem righteous and pious. There is no honor given to God given in this instance. This is why Jesus instructed us to pray in secret. This does not diminish or take away from the idea of corporate prayer. In fact, praying together in public is very important. When we stand in unity in prayer, we can effect positive change as well as provide a witness to those around us. But it must be ensured that God is the being showcased, and not us.
If we chose to highlight ourselves, we will receive our reward. We will get the publicity and the attention that we desire. If we want people to see how good and righteous we are, our actions will show those around us what we want them to see. But this is not real. It is not genuine. Our motivations are wrong. We are like the person who prays in the streets. Those who see him, think he is in tune with his faith, but in reality, all he is in tune with is what attention he can bring to himself.
When you pray, make sure that the focus is on God. Do not pray just to be seen praying. Don’t bow your head in reverence if you are giving none. Be real when you pray. Open up to God with all you have. Make it between Him and you. Get personal. Don’t worry about what other people think. When you do pray corporately, do not consider what you are saying based upon what others around you will think of your prayer. Instead, just tell God what is on your heart. Prayer is most effective, most inspired when it is raw, bare and real.