The Goal Of Prayer

16th JUNE 2024

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Christ for Youth International
2 min readJun 16, 2024

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Christ for Youth International

And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. [Matthew 6:5–8 NIV]

Prayer is a fundamental aspect of the Christian life, but it is often misunderstood. Many see it as merely a way to present requests to God, but at its core, prayer is about developing a deep intimate relationship with our Creator. The goal of prayer is intimacy with God.

Jesus teaches us to pray in private, away from the eyes of others. This helps us establish an authentic connection with God, free from the desire to impress or seek validation from people. In the quiet, we can be ourselves before God, expressing our hearts honestly and intimately.

Prayer does not need to be elaborate or filled with many words. God values sincerity over verbosity.

When we approach Him simply and sincerely, we foster a genuine relationship built on trust and openness. Jesus assures us that God knows our needs even before we ask. This profound truth shows us that prayer is not about informing God of our needs but sharing our hearts with Him. It is an opportunity to align our will with His and to grow in understanding and dependence on His providence.

The scripture from James 4:8 reminds us of a beautiful promise: when we draw near to God, He draws near to us. This reciprocal relationship means that as we seek intimacy with God through prayer, He responds by revealing more of Himself to us, deepening our connection.

Heavenly Father, I come before You with a desire to know You more intimately. Teach me to seek Your presence earnestly and sincerely in my prayer life. Strip away my pretences and distractions and draw me into a deeper communion with You. May my heart be aligned with Yours, and may I experience the fullness of Your love and grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Further Reading: James 4:8a

Bible In One Year: Psalm[79–82]

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