THE PRAYER TEST     Is my prayer Sincere?
Matthew 6:5-8

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.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.But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.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 …Picture of Public Prayer

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 …Man Praying

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!

Picture of Praying


Pastor Steve Kramm, Troutman Baptist Church, Troutman, NC