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Have you ever wanted to learn something? Maybe you saw someone playing the guitar or the drums and yearned to play like they did. When I was a child, I took piano lessons. It wasn’t my idea. It was probably my great aunts’ idea, because they gave us a piano. But I wanted to learn the guitar. I also took guitar lessons. I put far more effort into learning how to play guitar than the piano!
Which brings me to prayer. Have you taken any lessons in prayer? Jesus must have been so good at it. His disciples asked him to teach them how to pray. That’s what we are looking at this week. One of his lessons is found in Matthew 6:5-6, “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 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.”
Jesus tells us that prayer is not a virtue signal. We should never pray in order to make other people approve of us. Their opinion is not relevant. God’s judgement is relevant. We must focus on him when we pray, not what other people think. Find some time today to pray.
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Bumper music “Landing Place” performed by Mark July, used under license from Shutterstock.