Jesus stood by his friend’s tomb. He wept. Lazarus, his good friend, had been dead for four days. His sisters, Mary and Martha, and a crowd of mourners waited to see what Jesus would do.
Jesus said, “Father, thank you that you have heard me.” (John 10:41)
Then He did the impossible. He called Lazarus back to life.
Earlier Jesus had taught a simple lesson – when you pray in your private place, the Father will reward you. (Matt. 6) Why? Because He hears the prayers you pray in secret..
Religious teachings often complicate the simple act of prayer. For example, I have booklet that tells you how to pray perfect prayers – each of the nine points it offers begin with the letter “P.”
Books like this can be helpful. But not to me. I’ve already been down the complicated prayer road. I found it stifling and I won’t travel that way again.
Jesus taught the simplicity of prayer. We see this in the first few verses of Matthew 6. It boils down to three simple things:
He sees us
He hears us
He answers us
We don’t need the “right” words. We don’t need a team of pray-ers. Or a list of prayer requests. We don’t need to be “somebody” in the religious world.
No person has God’s ear more than you do.
Talk to the Father from your heart. He hears you. And nothing is impossible to Him.
“Your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” Matt. 6:5
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