Purposeful Prayer

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.

Matthew 6:6

Living in a social media world keeps us connected. This can be incredibly uplifting in our time of need, but it can also make prayer seem cliche…



Although hopefully carrying the right intentions, hashtags can feel insincere and Matthew 6:6 reminds us that we need to place more focus on purposeful prayer.

I’ve said many times in our foster and adoption journey that it would be impossible without God. Going to him in prayer, with pleas and praises, was a solace in the storm of the unknown.

In the chaos of the life, I often toss prayers up in the moment. Driving to an appointment, I whisper a prayer on the road. Cooking dinner, I mumble a prayer between stirs. Laying in bed, I pray as my eyes close.

Prayer is powerful, and God listens in all forms, but in Matthew 6:6 we are instructed in specific, purposeful prayer. Go into your room, close the door and pray to the Father who is unseen and it is then that he will see what is done in secret and reward you.

God wants us to pray, yes, but he desires us to stop and focus on him, not simply throw a hashtag or mumble at a stop light. He wants our solitude to focus on Him and His sovereignty. In that obedience He will reward us.

Today, make the time to purposefully pray. Close out the chatter of the world, dismiss the business imposed upon you in an attempt to distract, and fully focus on the Father who is unseen, but always there.

2 Comments on “Purposeful Prayer

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