When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint.
If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly. Shampoo and comb your hair, brush your teeth, wash your face. God doesn’t require attention-getting devices. He won’t overlook what you are doing; he’ll reward you well. (Matthew 6:14-18, MSG)
“In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do.
You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.
“Fall on your knees and grow there.
There is no burden of the spirit but is lighter by kneeling under it.
Prayer means not always talking to Him, but waiting before Him till the dust settles and the stream runs clear.” ~F.B. Meyer
Prayer- Lord, help us pray in an attitude of closeness to you. Amen.