1. Where to pray
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” -Matthew 6:5-6
-Sure some people are very gifted in how they pray in public. Group prayer is not bad, but there are those who try to pray in order to seem holy and in order to draw attention to themselves. They are not praying with a true heart, but for prideful intent. When you are to pray, we should do it privately. It is really cool to think that our Father is in secret and when we pray in secret to Him, He is the only one who will see you and knows your heart. That’s so wonderful.
2. Length of Prayer
“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” -Matthew 6:7-8
– When I was 13, I used to pray at night with my mom in her room. I’d pray for a good 30 minutes. She would fall asleep as I’d pray. It is better to pray short prayers from the heart and say little, for the burdens you have in your heart have already been heard by God.
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
-Long for the establishment of God’s kingdom to be here in how you live and as you live. There is great peace in heaven, and to long for that here on earth is beautiful! We should live what we hope should be here. Make sure that God’s will is always first. We need to seek Him and His kingdom first. This is so important!
“Give us this day our daily bread,”
-He knows your needs. Ask for them to be provided for you.
“and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
-We do wrong every day. We need to acknowledge our sin and long for freedom from it. Because He forgives you of these things, you must also forgive people who have sinned against you, no matter how hard it is. For God doesn’t hold anything against us when we are forgiven, nor should we.
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
-Pray that you do not have the ability to even be led into temptation that leads to sin. For when we are tempted, our testing of our faith can come about and we might get trapped and ensnared. We should not want Satan to have any hold on our lives at all.
4. Important conclusion
“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” -Matthew 6:14-15
-This is extended from the Lord’s prayer’s explanation a bit. Can you imagine how powerful forgiveness is here? Jesus saved us from sin and we are called to be like Him. He did not kill those who physically accused Him or killed Him at all but instead forgave them. In living like Jesus and being like Him, we need to definitely do this. Imagine not being able to be forgiven simply because you held things against others? That’s intense! We should live this out!