“PRAYER, NOT PRIDE!”

“This, then, is how you should pray…” Matthew 6:9a NIV

 Read:  Matthew 6:9-13

 He told me: “I don’t need your prayers.  I know I am going to hell.   No, he is not a hardened criminal.  He is a very successful business man.  He says he does not need GOD.  He has a tremendous ego and pride believing he alone is responsible for his financial success.  Again, I offered to pray with him.  His pride would not allow prayer.

Prayer should come from your heart.   Is your pride keeping you from praying a prayer from your heart?  If your heart is full of pride, you can’t pray from your heart.   It takes a humble heart to pray the prayer you should pray.  How can you expect GOD to hear your prayers if they are from your pride and are not humble?

 Is your heart humble or is it full of pride?   Do you reject others because you know more than they know or you have a position of authority or are socially above others?  Do you ever feel you simply are smarter than others?  If you ever answer ‘yes’ to these type questions, ask yourself if pride has replaced a humble heart.

Jesus told us how to pray.  HE gave us a wonderful prayer as an example of how to pray.  Often called “The Lord’s Prayer”, it set out the stepping stones of how to pray.

First is to give honor to our LORD.  Then be thankful for those things we often take for granted which GOD has provided.  You can thank GOD for the new job or new car, but a humble prayer for our basic needs should come first.  Being sure to ask GOD to forgive you of your sins is necessary.  Be humbled from your pride so you can have a heart to forgive others.  Jesus closed with ‘lead us not into temptation’.  We need to be aware that Satan’s snare is close at hand and we need GOD’S help to avoid temptation.

Pray with a humble heart, not a heart of pride.

Today’s prayer:  “LORD GOD, Thank you for loving me and providing all I have.  Forgive me of my daily failures.  Help me be more forgiving of others and avoid Satan’s temptations.  Amen.”