A Cry in the Wilderness
Prayer is another doctrine that requires common sense. So our story begins with Abraham the father of all nations. He had his wife Sarah that gave birth to a son by the name of Isaac. His wife had a handmaiden by the name of Hagar, who bore a son by the name of Ishmael. Hagar was also a slave, as the story goes she was kicked out of the abode of Abraham after a couple of years. She was sent away.
She left with the child (Ishmael) and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba. When she ran out of water she put Ishmael under a shrub and walked away from him. Hagar did not want to see her child die or to hear cries of sorrow, but she did not pray to God. Instead God heard the cries of Ishmael (prayer) and sent an angel to “Hagar to open her eyes where she saw a well and replenished their water. God said to “Hagar what aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is” (Gen 21. 16-19). He heard the voice of the lads prayer not the cries of despair from Hagar.
Two trains of thought here, one Ishmael had faith and two he cried in the wilderness where no one could hear him even his mother, interesting thought. Jesus went to pray he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. (Lk.6:12.) In both cases prayers were done in solitude. When I talk to our Father I go outside and sit, meditate on the things that concern me. I look towards the east casting away problems and the noise of everyday life. Perhaps your time to pray and talk to your Father is laying in bed, at the kitchen table or wherever you can be alone with the Word. It is to be silent so that you can clear your mind and talk away. Father will talk to you; that is a given.
5: And when ye pray, ye shall not be as the hypocrites: for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward.
6: But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thine inner chamber, and having shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret shall recompense thee.
7: And in praying use not vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8: Be not therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
This is a passage from Matthew 6: 5-8, where I highlighted certain areas for you to dwell on. A synagogue is today’s version of the Church. When you are told to stand or kneel in prayer you are only doing it because someone told you to. We do not like to look bad, so perhaps we are hypocrites.
Me I will follow the Word of God and make my talks in solitude with the Father. Listen to your inner chamber; which is your heart. The Father already knows what you need but He likes to hear from His children. Hope this helps you in your prayers to the Father. Do it with a willing heart, not because someone with a diploma told you to do it. Well back on the path to Jerusalem.