5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Insincerity in Prayer is revealed when …
One’s desire is publicity(v 5)
Do I pray more in public than in private?
One’s desire is attention(v 5)
Do I pray to please others?
One’s method is formality(v 7)
Is my prayer simply a recital or is it a relationship?
One’s method is long prayers(v 7)
Does God want my words instead of my heart?
One’s attitude is unforgiving(v 14-15)
Do I seek revenge through prayer?
Sincerity in Prayer is reflected when …
One’s private prayer is the foundation for public prayer!(v 6)
One’s heart is pure!(V 6;2 Chron 7:14)
One’s audience is God!(v 6)
One’s prayer flows from a relationship with God!(v 6)
One’s heart acknowledges the sovereignty of God!(v 9-14)
Prayer is intimate fellowship not impersonal formality!
Pastor Steve Kramm, Troutman Baptist Church, Troutman, NC