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Matthew 6:5–13

How to Pray

Whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward! m But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. n o When you pray, don’t babble like the idolaters, p since they imagine they’ll be heard for their many words. q Don’t be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask Him. r

The Model Prayer

Therefore, you should pray like this: s

Our Father in heaven,

Your name be honored as holy. t

10 Your kingdom come.

Your will be done

on earth as it is in heaven. u

11 Give us today our daily bread. v

12 And forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors. w

13 And do not bring us into x temptation, y

but deliver us from the evil one. z a

[For Yours is the kingdom and the power

and the glory forever. * Amen.] b

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