In Part 2 we looked at how we should give to poor and saw that secrecy was vital and not to look for the approval of other people.
Likewise today in Part 3 your prayers ought to be strictly between you and the Lord. You motive is crucial.
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
v5 If your intention when you pray is to be publicly noticed by man then you are a hypocrite. The praise of man is all you can expect. Pray in secret and store up treasure in heaven.
v6 Your prayer should be done in private place away from the gaze of others. This is the kind of prayer Abba Father delights to reward.
v7 God is not impressed by our babbling prayers like the unbelievers nor is he impressed by repetitive prayers because he heard you first time.
v8 Abba Father knows exactly what you need, even if sometimes you don't.
He already knows.
Secret praying is seen by God.
Public praying is seen by man.
Like our giving, our praying seems to work best when offered in private not public.
Behaving religiously in public does not impress God one bit!
Your personal prayer