The Art of Lent – Day 7, Wednesday

When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. The your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!

Matthew 6:5-13 NLT

Meditate on these instructions Jesus gave us about prayer. God honors our humility, honesty, and directness when we pray. Jesus then models that in the next verses (Matthew 6:9-13) that we call the Lord’s Prayer. Rewrite that prayer in your own words to reflect your needs and your relationship right now with God.

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