February 25, 2024

Jesus Teaches About  Prayer
Matthew 6:5-15

“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. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 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. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This, then, is how you should pray:

‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,10 your kingdom come,your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
but deliver us from the evil one.[b]’

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.


Are my prayers sincere?  Am I giving reverence to God and seeking him sincerely as I should?  Before I pray, consider if I have forgiven those who have wronged me.


I will be truthful with myself and God and seek God’s direction in the areas where I need wisdom and growth.


Lord, I thank you for being Lord over my life.  But if I am honest, I have difficulty forgiving my brother or sister.  I cannot do this on my own, but I know if you help me, it can be done.  I am trusting you to make it alright.