Matthew 6:5-6 (the message)
“And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat? Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.”
Jesus gives us full permission, commands us really, to put aside our performance-praying and simply be with Him. Our focus then can shift from our ability to impress or do it “right” (ourselves) to the One who loves us and makes all things right and beautiful in His time (God). What a relief to find He takes pleasure in our simple honesty. Forgetting our pretenses, we can make our time with Him an offering and let God do in us what only He can do. How liberating to discover we don’t need to coax God’s grace into our lives.
It runs, like water downhill, into a heart of childlike faith.