Loud, Long Prayers

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Devotion:  Matthew 23:14

Several times in God’s Word; Jesus mentions long prayers.  He talked about praying long prayers just to be heard by other people.  In Matthew 6:6-7  Jesus said we should enter into our closets to pray.  He does not like to hear vain repetitions like the heathen pray, for they think they will be heard for their many words.

When we truly seek the face of our Lord; He tends to get in our business.  He wants to lead us by the way of the cross.  He will confront our sin, so that we might confess it and repent.   He wants us to hear His voice and obey Him.

Please do not misunderstand me; there are people who spend hours in prayer, in sweet communion with their Savior.  That’s a precious, hallowed time; however, they are not praying to be heard by other people, only by their Lord.  It’s the sweetest most intimate communication this side of eternity.

Romans 8:1 tells us “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”   In today’s devotion; Jesus was condemning the Pharisees for making long prayers in false pretense.  This condemnation made these Jewish leaders hate Jesus even more.

Even though Christ was condemning them; these Jewish leaders were not believers in Christ.   They were still looking for Messiah to come. The Pharisees wanted their prayers to be heard by others; for the sole purpose of receiving the praises of men. That’s a horrible reason to pray long, loud prayers.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord Jesus, may I only pray long prayers when I’m in my prayer closet.  You are the only One who truly needs to hear.  You hear every thought I think and every prayer I breathe.  May I pour out my prayers for Your ears only.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

 

 

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