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Jesus on National Prayer Day

Ignoring “National Prayer Day” reflects the seriousness of President Obama’s Christianity. It is at moments like this that I like to review what Jesus of Nazareth has to say about prayer beginning in Matthew 6:5:

“And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”

This passage is followed by the sample prayer Jesus provided for us, the Lord’s Prayer, which he admonishes us to use as a guide and never repeat (“But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking”).

So, Jesus of Nazareth apparently considers those who participate in such activities “hypocrites” and “heathens” and he stands foursquare, unequivocally and unalterably opposed to the promotional efforts behind National Prayer Day—even as he opposes school and open church prayer.

Something to pray about.

4 Responses to “Jesus on National Prayer Day”

  1. makarios Says:

    You think maybe Jesus was referring to motives? Am I praying in Church or anywhere so that I can impress people with my praying, or am I offering praise to my Lord and Saviour as part of a community of like minded individuals? I think it makes a difference.

  2. Ted Dean Says:

    I can’t believe your article. To apply what Jesus said in Mathew 6 to concerned Christians recognizing the terrible condition our country is in, coming together to call our nation to repentance and prayer is absolutely crazy.

    What are their “promotional efforts”, if you would investigate the history of this event and read the clearly stated goals of this event, you wouldn’t have judged their motives, unless you have motives in judging them. By the way the scriptures also say, “Judge not lest yeh be judged”.

  3. Cindy Says:

    Open and public prayer is all through out the Bible! Clearly the author here doesn’t know the Jesus of that same Bible. Also, The National Day of Prayer is about seeking God’s face as a nation, not boasting or pride. So, theses verses are not applicable to The National Day of Prayer. Jesus was speaking of the Pharisees and the Sadducees who prayed just for show.

  4. Buzz Says:

    I’m certain you’re all correct. Jesus only means what he says when it agrees with what you think. I get it now. The Bible is the irrefutable word of God as long as you say it is. Good work, I’m certain Jesus would be proud.

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