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Our Motive and Manner in True Prayer (Matthew 6:5-8)

Dr. Doug Forsyth, 19 May 2019

Part of the Prayer series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

1. Our motive in true prayer is:
a. Not to impress people.
b. But rather to implore God.

2. Our manner in true prayer is:
a. Not to use meaningless repetition.
b. But rather meaningful petition.

"True prayer does not require eloquence but earnestness."

"The words of our prayers are not as important as the condition of our hearts."

How can I ensure a proper attitude in prayer?
1. I need to have a healthy understanding of WHO God is.
2. I need to first pause and affirm WHO God is as I come to Him in prayer.


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Matthew 6:5-8

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. (KJV)