In the Matrix religious prayers have taken on very theatrical and elaborate forms and modalities. But what is true prayer i.e. that heard and accepted by God? I want to discover what Jesus taught about prayer: “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the churches and on the street corners to be seen by men. Now, when you pray, do not keep on babbling like the fans of the Matrix, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father in secret.” (see Matthew 6: 5-7)
Jesus reserved harsh words for the spiritual leaders of twothousand years ago because they prayed long, repetitive, passionless prayers… prayers that did not come from their hearts. These important men said their prayers in public, wore costly, showy clothes. In practice, they organised a show to let everyone know how “holy” they were.
At the same time, Jesus used gentle words for a poor man who prayed desperately, “God, have mercy on me for I am a sinner!”
Before speaking ABOUT God in public, a fan of Jesus speaks WITH God in private!