For those of you who are in my generation you know that growing older changes things. Age has a way of stealing so many of the things you once enjoyed like energy and strength and are replaced with comfy chairs and long naps. But it is not all bad. There is a great upside to growing older.
The one real benefit to growing older is life experience. Having experienced many of the same things younger people are now experiencing, I have the experience and knowledge to help them. What advice can I give them that will bring some relief and guidance to them that will truly help them?
My suggestion is prayer. Listen to what God says about prayer, and what He is looking for when we pray.
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. But when you pray, go to 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. Matthew 6:5-6 NIV
When Jesus spoke these words it was the practice of the religious elites to stand publically and pray eloquent prayers that brought them attention. But they were not really praying to God. They were merely making a great performance to gain stature and receive personal glory. Their prayer was not about God, but about themselves. Jesus called them hypocrites. This disgusted Jesus and said that in doing this these religious elites had already received their reward in full. In other words, their “prayers” were meaningless because it was all a show.
Jesus then told the people what kind of prayers their Heavenly Father honors and rewards. He told them to go to a quiet, private place and pray to the Father from an honest, sincere heart with the right motive. The proper motive is to go to God with an honest, sincere heart in faith. When Jesus said to pray to the Father “who is unseen”, He was saying to pray in faith. Faith is the key to having your prayers answered.
So, are you struggling today? Has life got you in a hammerlock? Then go to a private, quiet place and talk to your Heavenly Father about what has got you down. He will hear your prayers, and honor them and reward you for your faithfulness.
Have a wonderful day! Remember, God loves you more than you can ever know! He is there for you!