DEVOTIONAL: “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. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:5-6, ESV.
CHALLENGE: Secret or Show? Our usual times of public prayer are in church, Bible study group, or at the dinner table with friends and family. Jesus’ typical pray times were not so public, instead he would “either rise early to be alone (Mark 1:35), send everyone away…(Mark 6:46), or stay up late and pray after the others had gone to sleep (Luke 6:12).” Jesus’ prayer time was a special time to be alone with His Father. The “hypocrites” in Matthew 6:5 prayed in order to be on display not to speak with God. Kendrick says, “This is not to say that praying in public in wrong.” Why do you pray in public? Who do you pray for in your not-so-secret prayer times?