Matthew 6:5–8 (ESV)
The Lord’s Prayer (Part 1)
5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have
received their reward.6 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.
7 “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.8 Do not be like
them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
It is interesting that Jesus is teaching the disciples how to pray. He teaches us
to have the right attitude and how to pray. He is also teaching us how not to pray.
I pray: O Lord, help me to stay focused in my prayers.