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Powered by 4 - May 6, 2011

  • 2011 May 06

Friday, May 6

Personal Talk

today's reading.
Matthew 6:7-141 John 5:12-15    "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...

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)?

the blog.
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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