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1. Don’t pray to seen by men – And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward – Matthew 6:5
2. Don’t start with your wants – “In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10
The structure of what is familiarly known as The Lord’s Prayer begins with God, then goes on to mankind and our needs.
3. Don’t expect to always have the beautiful words. – sometimes we comes to God and our souls are dry and empty. “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” – Romans 8:26
4. Don’t focus on yourself – Refocus your eyes on God – if you are a Christian, He is your Father – look to Him.
Approach Him with reverence, not in INDEPENDENCE, but rather IN DEPENDENCE.
Please know that I am talking to myself here as well. Thanks to Mark Soud for his messages on Matthew.