40 Days of Prayer - Pray with God-focused humility - Day 11

"Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son."  John 14:12-13

Prayer in Jesus’ name connects us to the power of God.

Begin your time with God in prayer.
Begin your time with praise to God. Confess any sin that might be hindering your relationship with Him. Ask God to give you spiritual understanding as you spend time in His Word.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.

"And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward." Matthew 6:5

Why did the hypocrites love to pray in the synagogues and on street corners in this verse?

When we pray for the attention and praise of others, that attention is all that our prayers accomplish. Some of us fear praying out loud because of what others will think of our prayers. We fear they may not be spiritual enough or we might not use the right words. When we pray, our focus should be on the One to whom we are praying, not the people around us.

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10

Apply God’s Word to your life.
· When does what others think affect your prayer life?
· How is your prayer different when no one else is around than in public?
· Spend a few minutes in prayer with God-focused humility.

Father, I thank you for Jesus’ promise that we can do greater works when we pray according to His name. Teach me how to pray. Help me to focus on You and not on what others think. I want to please You and I want to do Your works through Your power. Amen.

Related verses to meditate on.

"Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. "1 Peter 5:5

"You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions." James 4:2-3

"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." Philippians 2:3

 

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Rod Terrell wrote:
Thank you so much for this message, it has really touched a nerve in my prayer life. I realize now that I have been worried about praying in public because my focus has been on the wrong thing. I will now began to focus on the one to whom I am praying instead of the ones that I am praying with. God bless and keep it coming.

Mon, January 12, 2015 @ 4:47 AM

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