Praying With One Eye Open

Whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6

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When I was younger, I went through a phase where I tried to impress people with my piety. Then I read theologian Paul Tillich’s admonitions against “religiosity“.

I realized that my faith is for me. I don’t need to hide it, but I don’t want to flaunt it either. There is a difference between being openly faithful and practicing faith in front of others to draw attention to oneself.

True faith first looks inward. Praying with one eye open to see if those around you are watching you pray is self-aggrandizement.

The vast majority of people don’t give a rat’s patootie about how pious you are. Of the very few who care, half are distainful of displays of piety. The other half think they are in a competition to see who is the most virtuous and they believe they are winning. These people look down on others for their lack of piety.

There is power and insight to be found in quiet, personal, inner faith.

 

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66 comments

  1. Very true.
    However the religion is a difficult and long topic.
    In the past I was catholic, now I am only christian and every prayer is only between me and God. I think that I don’t need an intermediary (the priest) to reach the “heaven” if I am a “good person”.

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  2. Hello, I have always been a private person. I do believe everyone is entitled to believe in their own religion, how they pray is up to them. I wish you a good day and a happy weekend.

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  3. You have such a great perspective on the topic and penned a very thought provoking post (oh goodness, I just reread that sentence and it sounds just like the spam comments I get and decided to leave it here to give you a smile). My relationship with God is personal, and if I’m more concerned about making sure everyone is aware of it, I think I’m missing the point.

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  4. “True faith looks inward.” Fresh insight here, Laurie. We often think to look like true sold-out followers of Christ, faith has to “look” big and flaunted. But when we read Hebrews 11, the Hall of Faith, none of the people commended for their faith tried to overdo it in front of others.

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  5. “True faith looks inward.” I like that. I might have said upward, but I totally get what you mean. It’s about us and Jesus, not how the world sees us.

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  6. As I child, I was taught to pray with my eyes closed. The idea was to prevent me from getting distracted, but my biggest temptation was looking at everyone else in the room to see how they were praying. (I wanted to make sure no one else was peeking. Ha ha!) 🙂 In our humanity, we are constantly battling comparison. Thanks for this great reminder!

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  7. I did the same as a child. I think I can still fight “looking around to see who’s looking” in my old age. I’ve begun praying more and more: Lord for your eyes and heart only may I live and love. He’s very patient. (:

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  8. Ive often found that people who actively show off their devotion to their religion are actually the ones who tend not to really understand the lessons of love and acceptance that all religions share.

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