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Jesus Teaches us to Pray

April 1, 2015
Photo by  Marcel Eisma

Photo by Marcel Eisma

“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 men. I tell you the truth, 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,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

 What is Jesus teaching you about prayer?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 1, 2015 11:13 AM

    Oddest thing…this Lent the message came so clear that rather than give up chocolate,etc., I was to go to bed an hour early. My first reaction was surprise then enthusiasm–yes! Then I found out how hard that was, what DISCIPLINE it took. But I found out the reason why–morning prayer has been SO much deeper and more meaningful. Thank you, Jesus.

    • April 1, 2015 11:25 AM

      Kathleen, Interesting how we have the false narrative of the spiritual disciplines being a burden which rules much of our thinking. We enter into Jesus’ call for our lives and we find not drudgery but delight. I love deeper. May the depths of your Lent be yours for the whole year!

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