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Devotional: Knowing God
“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. And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Matthew 6:5-8
We’re part of a daily spiritual battle. One that tells us were too busy to pray, too tired to read and too tight for time to acknowledge Him. And in the midst of our constant running, we can forget to pause and actually acknowledge how exhausted we really are. But maybe it’s not our weariness that’s in desperate need of change, but rather our perspective.
You see, prayer isn’t about perfectly worded and lengthy prayers. It’s not found in a spiritual looking posture and it’s not dependent upon our circumstances. Prayer is found in us acknowledging our distance from perfection and communing with the One who is.
If your prayer life is rooted only in circumstances where you’re encouraged to pray, what does that say about your relationship with Christ? Intimacy in a relationship isn’t cultivated when your communication is heard by countless people, but rather it’s rooted in the unseen. It’s the richness you find when authenticity and desire outweigh the numbers in the crowd, and it’s found in your ultimate need and dependence on Him.
Today I challenge you to write out a scripture that is relevant to whatever battle you’re facing right now. Then, place that scripture somewhere you’ll be prone to reference it throughout the day. Each time you see that scripture, take a moment to acknowledge the God whose greatness and power outweighs your battles.
Pray that you’ll continue to grow in a deeper more intimate relationship with God. Ask that he would give you more desire and hunger to know Him.