Bible: Matthew 6:5-15

Private Prayer

6:5Whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray while standing in synagogues 1  and on street corners so that people can see them. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. 6:6 But whenever you pray, go into your room, 2  close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you. 3  6:7 When 4  you pray, do not babble repetitiously like the Gentiles, because they think that by their many words they will be heard. 6:8 Do 5  not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 6:9 So pray this way: 6 

Our Father 7  in heaven, may your name be honored, 8 

6:10 may your kingdom come, 9 

may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

6:11 Give us today our daily bread, 10 

6:12 and forgive us our debts, as we ourselves 11  have forgiven our debtors.

6:13 And do not lead us into temptation, 12  but deliver us from the evil one. 13 

6:14For if you forgive others 14  their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 6:15 But if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive you your sins.

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