‘But when you pray . . . pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.’ Matthew 6.6
Jesus is encouraging us that however we may feel about our prayers, and whether or not we sense they are getting us anywhere, the truth is that Father God sees us at prayer and it will make a difference.
Jesus is not talking about the quality of our prayers, whether they are clear and eloquent, but simply this: the Father sees what we are doing. If this is true, you might find it quite releasing to know that the fact you are praying is more important than the words you choose.
What a difference it could make to our prayer lives if we could catch this truth – that as we pray we are indeed being listened to and watched. You may find it helpful to visualise yourself praying, seeing yourself as if you were an observer. Then letting your vision change so that rather than simply seeing yourself sitting in a chair or wherever you are, you visualise yourself kneeling before the very throne of God.
The truth is that you are just as visible to God sitting in your room at home as you would be if you were the only person kneeling before his throne.