I was not praying, I was just making noise

When I first came to know Jesus I was impressed by how some people prayed.  They spoke eloquently, with many words flowing powerfully to God.  I tried to imitate them.  I couldn’t at first.  With practice I was eventually able to “pray like a Christian.”  I found myself inadvertently demonstrating this to my friend who had been a Christian for years.  When I was finished praying I triumphantly felt like a hypocrite.  I realized that during all my “training” I was learning to pray so that the people that heard me would be impressed.  I wasn’t praying to God.

God reminded me how He has talked to me.  Short, simple, and meaningful.  I decided to emulate Him.  Now I pray to God, not people.  And my prayers are usually one or two short sentences.  And God has graciously provided for others, my family, and myself in response.


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