Matthew 6 Bible Study: Pray Earnestly, the Model Prayer
A LOOK INSIDE
These verses give us a generic guide for the process of prayer. They close with a model prayer including all elements that we should try to include in an earnest prayer to our Father. You should learn from this that prayer is not a shopping list of wants nor is it bargaining time with God.
BREAK IT DOWN
PRAY IN SECRET
Matthew 6:5,6And 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. But 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.
You are admonished here to pray in secret and you will be rewarded openly. If you pray like the "hypocrites" and recite a big, showy prayer it is meaningless to God. Does this rebuke public prayer? Certainly not. If you are called upon to pray in church you should recite an earnest, applicable prayer. You should pour your whole heart into that prayer every time you are called upon. Now, what is the difference between the prayer mentioned in verse 5 and those recited in church? Simple, those in church are public prayer in response to a request.