“When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full” (Matthew 6:5).

Prayer, like the practice of any discipline of our faith, is done for an audience of One. Yet, how easy it is to find yourself caught in the performance trap–seeking to impress those around you with the length of your prayers, or a lofty, over-spiritualized vocabulary. Prayer, however, is intended to both natural and reverent. We speak to the Father with honesty and transparency, while remembering that it is God to whom we are speaking. He knows your heart. Be real.

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