Summary of passage: Pray alone to the Father and don’t pray just to be seen as holy or righteous. Pray from the heart. Don’t pray with meaningless words just so you can gain “bonus points” in heaven for God already knows what you need before you ask.
Jesus models how to pray by citing the Lord’s prayer: Your kingdom come and will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Forgive us our debts and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
Forgive men who sin against you as God does or He will not forgive you.
6a) He said to not be like the hypocrites who love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men for they have received their reward (praise from man) but won’t receive God’s reward (rewards in heaven).
b) He said do not keep on babbling like pagans, thinking you will be heard because of your many words for God knows what you need before you ask him.
c) Personal Question. My answer: No changes really. Jesus wants us to pray with the right heart which I do. Don’t pray to impress others, for length, or pray empty, meaningless words. If you have the right heart when you approach God in prayer, you cannot go wrong. I can be more humble and more delighted to be in His presence and to hear from Him.
7) Personal Question. My answer: Oh, God, how great is your name. Let your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today what we need and forgive our sins as you have forgiven our sins. And lead us away from temptation and provide that way out from the evil one.
8a) Personal Question. My answer: Praying quietly in commune with God with the right heart is what God is seeking. Nothing is too small or big to ask for. Nothing is too small or big to lay at His feet. Praise Him. Seek His will and trust it will be done and that God will do it. Ask for strength under assault from the evil one. Always seek the way out. God knows. All we must do is trust our lives to Him.
b) Personal Question. My answer: To always pray and not give up. To cry out to Him no matter the time of day. Justice will be done for God is just. To have more small moments of prayer throughout my day. To be ready with a prayer for me and others at all times.
c) Personal Question. My answer: Persistence and patience in prayer for God is building our faith as we continually pray our needs before Him. I try to begin and end my day with God. He is the alpha and the omega. I get up early when the house is quiet. I study His word. Then I pray for needs in my life and others. I thank Him and acknowledge who He is, often silently but sometimes aloud. I try to live my life as He would want it and I acknowledge when I fail and ask for forgiveness.
Conclusions: Prayer is powerful and the devil hates it! It is also hard work and it’s easy to get discouraged when things are not going our way. Keep prayer (a weapon) handy at all times. Walk in a prayerful spirit throughout your day to be ready for combat at any time. For if an unjust judge will answer prayer, how much more will a righteous judge answer?
Sometimes it’s hard to know what to pray for or even to begin. I have that at times. Then I say, “Lord, you know what I need and I don’t so please provide that or do that in my life.” He knows our heart and that is all that matters. This lesson emphasized that point beautifully.