The Doorpost: Who are you trying to impress?

Ray King  ·  Jun 22, 2020

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.

Matthew 6:5-6

Not all our prayers will receive a reward from God, no matter how eloquent they may seem. The question is who we are trying to impress. Fervent, heartfelt prayers to Him are good. We should pour out our hearts to Him all the time (Psalm 62:8). Our secret prayers to Him bring His favor and blessing, not the ones intended to impress others.