PRAY WITH CONFIDENCE
I remember the words of my pastor, Rev. Dr. Albert F. Franklin, who often told me that when I pray aloud or lead worship, do so with confidence. He would say things like “don’t say I think or hope – but I know.” These words have been part of my prayer life. I believe that God hears and answers prayer. At the same time, our prayers are to flow from our hearts. Far too often, if we are honest, we spend too much time trying to impress others when we pray in public, as opposed to simply talking to God without eloquent words. In other words, pray simple prayers. Praying with confidence is something that the Master was deeply concerned about as revealed in Matthew 6:7.
“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.” In this moving passage, Jesus, the Master Teacher teaches about prayer and fasting. He warns His fellow believers not to pray like hypocrites who pray publicly on the streets simply to be seen. He says when you pray, to go away by yourself in private knowing that the Father sees all things and will reward you. Don’t babble! Don’t be repetitive, just for the sake of hearing yourself. Be sincere. Speak with holy boldness. Jesus reminds them that the Father in Heaven knows exactly what they stand in need of. This lesson that the Master is teaching is one that we all need to remember. Whether praying in private or in public, trust God who will do all things well as you offer your prayers in reverence.