One of the biggest struggles of a good prayer life is sincerity. When we communicate with God, we want to strive for sincerity of heart. Humility is the key to gaining sincerity with God. Slowly over time pride creeps in and poisons our relationship with God. Our motivation for the spiritual life becomes pride and it can happen without us even knowing it. This was a huge struggle for me and a lot of the friends I had in college. Franciscan University of Steubenville is a place where the majority of students are striving to live a strong Christian life. I sincerely wanted to progress in my relationship with God by going to mass, confession, prayer meetings and the like but slowly over time it was hard to keep spiritual pride out of my heart. Spiritual pride is one of those sneaky sins that can surprise even the most watchful Christian.
One of the easiest ways to combat this is to do something secret for God. Keep your prayer life to yourself. Make a rule that you are going to keep your interior life as secret as possible. When you get in conversations about God keep it about God and not “what He is currently doing in your life.” You will seriously grow to love this and eventually you will guard it like the treasure that it is. Fight the pride that has worked its way into your life. Do something secret for God. Treasure your relationship with Him and rid your self of any motivation that is not love.
And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when 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 Chapter 6
Dave VanVickle is a Catholic speaker and writer focusing on the Universal Call to Holiness and Authentic Catholic Spirituality. He is currently employed as the Director of Evangelization for the parishes of the Catholic Community of Wexford, PA.