Christian Prayer

Christian Prayer

Matthew 6:5-15

5 “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. 6 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. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

9 “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.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL
VERSION ®. NIV®. COPYRIGHT © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by
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The Lord’s Prayer is one of the most significant teaching blocks on the idea of Christian prayer. Here we find both how to pray and what to pray. The Lord helps us consider the way in which we should approach God in prayer. Then, he gives us a model for what we say in prayer. We should both worship God for his greatness and ask God for his help.

Discussion Questions

  1. What about prayer is difficult for you?
    • Why?
  2. What tends to be your motivation to pray?
  3. How does understanding that the purpose of prayer is to experience God encourage you to spend time in prayer with Him?
    • How does this perspective lead to a heavenly-mindedness in your prayer life?

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