God sees everything done in secret. Therefore, our prayers should come from a pure heart, for God sees the motives of our heart. Sometimes, our prayer is out of impure motives. We pray seeking to impress others. Have you prayed like that?
Our prayers should be directed to God, and not to people. Sometimes, we pray calling the attention of people. “Lord, thank you that I am not like some people who are gossipers and who do not serve You.” Actually, you are hitting people who gossip and do not serve God. But are you really praying to God? Remember that prayer is talking to God, not talking to people.
We should not pray to summarize a sermon. “Lord, I pray that we will pray not in the hypocritical way, but in the God-honoring way.” Actually, I am summarizing my sermon in my prayer. But in doing so, am I focusing on God or on my sermon?
We should not pray to inform the listeners about something. “Lord, we pray for Pastor Pon. He has a heart problem, needing angioplasty. Lord, use people to give for his operation.” Actually, I am informing people and asking money at the same time. Are we praying to inform people or raise funds? Or are we really talking with God?
We should pray to God directly, not to people indirectly. We should pray out of pure motives that glorify God, not out of selfish motives to suit our agenda.
Don’t follow what the hypocrites do. They pray before people to get their praises. But you, pray in secret before God who sees you in secret.
True prayer then, is prayer that is out of a pure heart before God. True prayer is prayer that does not seek the admiration of people. True prayer is not to get the attention of people, but the attention of God.
Pray in secret before the Father who sees you in secret and the Father who sees you in secret shall reward you. Pray from a pure heart, an undivided heart, a devoted heart. God acknowledges this kind of prayer. God shall reward you for it.