The Kitchen Table: The Game of Life Day 36
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 6:1
One of the biggest traps in life is becoming trapped in living for the attention of men rather than living in the attention of God. And its easy to get caught up in the attention of others and never know or to forget what the accompaniment of God means to our lives. It’s His presence that makes all the difference. It’s what He can do that makes life purposeful, powerful, and pleasurable. We do that, bringing God into our lives, through faith and believing. But we bring God into our days through prayer.
If we never learn to pray, we will only learn to play. Believe it or not, it’s prayer that releases us for the attention of man to live in the affection of God. John Wesley once said, “God does nothing except in response to believing prayer.”
Doing what we do to be recognized or accepted by others is merely playing at life as if we can control it. There are so many more things we cannot control that end up controlling us. Doing what we do to honor God and live within His supervision empowers us to live life, not just play at life. And we do that through prayer. Until we learn to pray, we will look for the attention, acceptance, and approval of man. When we learn to pray, we will enjoy the affection, authority, and ability of God in our lives to live our lives in righteousness.