God hears & answers the prayers of the righteous.
With honesty of heart,
and faith, believing;
prayer brings us into prayer communion with the Father.
Jesus taught that prayer with long salutations and ritualistic manners meaning to be impressive is just mere, empty words.
“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
So Jesus begins
When you pray,
Do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on street corners to be seen by others.
Truly I tell you,
they have received their reward in full.
But when you pray
go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.
Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret,
will reward you.
And when you pray, do not keep babbling like pagans,
for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask.
Matthew 6: 5-8 NIV
A prayer of a religious, bible toting, church goer has no greater priority than a humbled heathen acknowledging his or her willingness for an intervention from God.
Secret communion with God is a destined place for answered prayer. Jesus taught the disciples to watch out for admiration and self-righteous appearances like the hypocrites who wore spiritual masks. Further, that we should steer clear of prayer performances that we think will impress Him.
Jesus taught that prayer is a personal action, one that is intentionally void of anything other than truth.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
In Luke 18, Jesus spoke about it in a parable:
“Two men went up into the temple to pray,
one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’
But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner.
“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
“Then Jesus said to them,
“Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’
And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’
I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity, he will surely get up and give you as much as you need. “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Luke 11: 5-10 NIV
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.
We have the opportunity to commune in prayer with truth of heart & faith. So, what conversation do you need with the Father today?
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.