The “Professional” Prayer

When it comes to prayer, God is not impressed with long words, how our voice sounds, or how many times we repeat a phrase. To make it plain, God is not looking for the “professional” prayer. An example in the Bible of how one can pray incorrectly or correctly is found in Luke 18:9-14 with the Pharisee and Publican. They both went to the temple to pray and the Pharisee prayed with himself and his prayer was about how thankful he was that he was not like the Publican.

The Publican, on the other hand, smote his chest, bowed his head, and asked God to have mercy on him. Jesus said that the Publican went down to his house justified. The publican did not pray a “professional” prayer, but his prayer came from his heart. Prayer is about your sincere communication with God and expecting a sincere response from Him. We have to come to God honest, humble, and believing.