Have you ever tried to impress someone? I would think so. What young girl or boy has not done extra cleaning, deodorizing, odorizing, brushing, combing and the like to try to get the attention of that special someone. Maybe you have had an interview for a job that you really wanted. You studied the company, edited your resume and put your best foot forward. The deal with impressing someone, say your date, is someday the real you will come through.
To help keep life simpler, you need not try to impress God. He is wiser, richer, holier, kinder, more powerful, and more knowledgeable than you are. When you go to him in prayer, as Matthew 6 mentions, you need not make any pretense. He knows who you are, what your coming to ask and why you are asking what you’re asking.
When you come to Him in prayer, He is more interested in you knowing who He is, what He has done and is doing for you and your standing before Him. To our minds this might sound narcissistic or egocentric. It would be if God was anything less than pure, true, holy God.
When Christ taught the disciples about effective prayer, He first emphasized relationship – Father, then lordship – who is heaven, and then worship – hallowed by Your name. As Christ continued, He emphasized our subservience to God – Your kingdom come, Your will be done, then dependence – give us our daily bread, and penitence – forgive our sins and finally guidance – lead us not into temptation. The prayer ends with praise – For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.