Big Idea: You can do the highest spiritual disciplines for the wrong reasons, including praying. Jesus wants to help us get it right. "The most difficult thing we do in the christian life is prayer. After the task of prayer everything is easier." (John Stott) If that's the case, it's still appropriate for us today to say, Lord teach us to pray.
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.
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