Scripture Reading - Matthew 6:5-8
5 “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners [a]so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
7 “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. 8 So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. -NASB-
When You Pray
The Jewish people were known for their outward display of prayer. Public prayers were/are done in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Jesus tells us to pray in private. Each prayer should not be done in repetition but from the heart. That doesn't mean public prayer does not have it's merit, however a private prayer allows us to delve into a closer discussion with our Lord.
Pastor James Uyeda has a sermon series entitled The Lord's Prayer. Each service in the series delves closer into the intricacies of how Jesus teaches us to pray.
Thank you, Lord, for all that you have made. Give us strength and wisdom to guide us through today. Let me be a blessing to all those I see today. We yearn for the day of your return. In Jesus, Amen.