Matthew 6:5-15 5And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 14For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Ok this week is going to be a little different, for the last couple of weeks we went straight through the book of revelation, thanks for hangin in there for that I know its not the easiest book in the bible. This week we are going to focus on forgiveness and also touch up one a few things in between.
One of the things that catches my attention in todays reading is verse 7. It says not to use vain repetition as the heathen do, what does that mean? Well it means exactly what it says, don’t pray the same prayer over and over using the same words all the time. God wants our prayers to come from the heart, and if your just reciting something that you learned from someone else what good will that do? My main focus on todays reading is forgiveness, take a second look at verses 14 and 15. What do you see here? I see that it is so important to forgive others that if you don’t, God will not forgive you, and I think we all know what that means. If you don’t feel free to ask. Any questions or comments are very much appreciated.