Friday, May 6
think about it.
What should not be a characteristic of our prayers (Matthew 6:7)? How does this model for prayer give you confidence? What is authority by which we can pray? What do you get when you believe the Son (1 John 5:12)? How does this influence your approach to God (5:14-15)?
So many times when we come to Matthew 6:5-14 we jump right to the Lord's Prayer. Now there's nothing wrong with doing that, but there's quite a bit for us to consider and draw on before we even get to Jesus' example prayer. Here's what caught my attention today. God isn't looking for us to fulfill a certain word count when we pray. He's also not looking for us to say a particular phrase over and over. He already knows everything about us--our needs, our situation, our desires--so when we pray we can talk with Him in a very personal way.
So how can we use Matthew 6:5-14 to help us be more "up close and personal" with God when we pray? Tami W.
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