Pray Simply

“But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees [what is done] in secret will reward you. And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the [nations] do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Pray, then, in this way…”

Matthew 6:6-9

Make every effort to pray in a private place, simply and sincerely. Prayer should be a core practice that comes from the very center of a believing heart. It is the one place and time where our focus should be solely on conveying the deepest recesses of our being to the One who created us. It should be a time set apart from everything, and everyone, else. In this intentionally isolated place and time, we have no masks to hide behind, no one to impress, and nothing to offer except our barest hopes and aspirations. “…[A]nd your Father who sees [what is done] in secret will reward you.”

Holiness

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

Matthew 5:8

Have a pure and blameless heart at all times, and you will be blessed, seeing God. The heart, in this sense, is the wellspring of who you are physically and ethically.

Your heart needs to be continually purified, as if through the cleansing effect of fire on precious metals, refining them until they have no contrary elements left.

It is like a vine that is pruned of dead, unproductive branches so that the plant has the energy and room to bear more fruit.

It is the state of being free from a mixture of false and true until only what is sincere and genuine remains.

Living in this way is what sets you apart from the rest of humanity; this is what holiness is.