Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
For a few summers in high school, I attended Crossover Christian Music Festival at the Lake of the Ozarks. The festival was three days of back to back Christian concerts in a hot, sticky amphitheater, and it was one of my favorite weekends of the year! During one of these evening concerts, after the sun had finally set giving us relief and a breeze, the lead singer stopped in the middle of a set to pray over the crowd. It was unannounced and unexpected, but completely inspired. He called out healing over illness and bravery over fear. He asked for comfort for broken families and hope for discouraged souls. At the end, he prayed encouragement to share the Gospel in a way that made each hearer feel invincible. I still remember his words.
I’ve always wanted to be able to pray like that. It was beautiful and moving, like you knew God would answer each request based on how eloquently the words were put together. Have you ever heard a prayer like that?
But the truth is, God doesn’t care about how beautiful we pray. I’m sure he appreciates a well-crafted prayer as much as the rest of us, but He doesn’t need our prayers to sound good for the benefit of others. He would rather we do as this verse instructs: go away by yourself and pray to your Father. This week as you pray, find a quiet, private place and focus on talking to God like you would talk to your dad, instead of the all-mighty King of the Universe. See how these small steps can change your time with God.
Sam Brown is a founding plant team member at The Table. For the past 5 years she has served on our Leadership Team and oversees all communications aspects as a member on our staff.