It feels pretty good to be liked. Whether you’re a social media user or not, you’ve probably felt the rush of having someone notice your outfit, approve of your work project, or be impressed by your efforts on the field. That desire for approval exists in every human heart.
But it can be dangerous. Jesus said, “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others” (Matthew 6:5). Why do some people love to pray in church and in public? “To be seen by others.” In other words, they might look like they really love to talk to God, but what they really love is being liked by people.
Don’t do that. Instead, remember what’s better than being liked by all 7.7 billion people on earth—God. “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:6). Jesus promises that our Father sees our private prayers. No, we might not impress people at church or on the street, but we will be rewarded by the full attention of our Father in heaven.
Do the math: 1 God > 7,700,000,000 people. So pray privately, quietly, humbly, and trust that your heart will find everything it needs in God.