“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.” Matthew 6:6
It’s hot. Mom hasn’t heard me say that since I lived in Florida. Now I’m in Hawaii and it’s hot when I leave work. Today I’m dreaming of a large jar of tea sitting in the sun on Mom’s porch just waiting for a tall glass of ice cubes. A quick Google search would reveal sites that list twelve steps for making perfect sun tea. Twelve! You know what Mom needed to make sun tea? Sun, water, and tea bags. That’s it. I think we sometimes try to make things more complicated then they need to be.
Prayer has become the same way. Type the words “how to pray” into Google and you’ll get more than 180 million results. You’ll find articles and books to study, suggestions of classes to take, and more how-to blog posts than anyone could find time to read. A person could spend every waking moment trying to figure out how to pray and never get around to actually praying!
The disciples who followed Jesus during His ministry witnessed His devotion to prayer as He regularly retreated to privately talk to God. When Jesus instructed His disciples on the practice of prayer, He didn’t teach them a poem. He didn’t list seven ways to get closer to God. What He modeled wasn’t complicated. “Go to your room. Shut the door. Pray.”
Prayer is unhurried. It’s uncomplicated. Kind of like a nice, tall glass of sun tea.