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Bible Study: Week 4 Day 3

Passage: Matthew 6:5-13

5 “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 others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 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. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’

Reflection:

  1. This prayer begins by taking our eyes off of ourselves, and reminds us of how great God is as we “hallow” or revere him. It reminds us of the One to whom we are praying.
  2. Are there aspects of the Lord’s Prayer that should be your focus today?

Recite the Lord’s Prayer and feel free to stop after certain phrases and pray more specifically.

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