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What did Jesus say About How to Pray

What did Jesus say how to Pray

Jesus provided clear instructions on how to pray, emphasizing humility, sincerity, and a personal relationship with God. In the Gospel of Matthew, He teaches:

  1. Humility and Secrecy in Prayer: “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6) .
  2. Simplicity in Prayer: “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. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matthew 6:7-8) .
  3. The Lord’s Prayer: Jesus offers a model prayer, starting with “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11:2-4) .

Three Main Takeaways:

  1. Prayer is Intimate and Personal: Jesus emphasizes the importance of a personal, intimate relationship with God, suggesting that prayer should be done in private rather than for public show.
  2. God Knows Our Needs: The instruction to avoid repetition and verbosity in prayer underscores that God already knows our needs. Our prayers do not inform God but align our hearts with His will.
  3. A Model for Prayer: The Lord’s Prayer serves as a template for our prayers, covering adoration (“hallowed be your name”), submission to God’s will (“your kingdom come”), petition for provision (“give us each day our daily bread”), confession and repentance (“forgive us our sins”), and request for guidance (“lead us not into temptation”).

Jesus’ teachings on prayer reflect the core of Christian spirituality, emphasizing a direct and personal communication with God, grounded in humility and trust.


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