Jesus Teaches Us To Pray (Matthew 6:5-13)

Terrel Kesterson, October 8, 2017
Part of the series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Jesus says, “When you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing
in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I
say to you, they have their reward.” The Pharisees put on a public show of their praying so
people would think how pious they were. Jesus says, “They have their reward,” which, sadly,
was only that some people were impressed by them. But God isn’t impressed by outward shows
of piety. He wants our prayers to be offered by faith in Him, from our heart. When we gather
together in worship, we pray because each of us needs to, and wants to. Our prayers go from our
hearts to God’s heart.

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Matthew 6:5-13

5And when ye pray, ye shall not be as the hypocrites: for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward. 6But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thine inner chamber, and having shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret shall recompense thee. 7And in praying use not vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8Be not therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 9After this manner therefore pray ye. Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth. 11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13And bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil [one.] (ASV)

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