Matthew 6:5-7 (AMP) 5 Also when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by people. Truly I tell you, they have their reward [a]in full already. 6 But when you pray, go into your [most] private room, and, closing the door, pray to your Father, Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open. 7 And when you pray, do not heap up phrases (multiply words, repeating the same ones over and over) as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their much speaking.
When we pray we can pray privately – it doesn’t have to be in our closet, but the point is to pray with a sincere heart. When we pray we shouldn’t think so much about what our words sound like – our prayer is about connection with God and praying from the heart. Many words to God are not necessary. Long prayers are not necessarily better than short prayers. God hears us the first time we pray. The amount of faith in the prayer is what God recognizes. When we start to get caught up in our words, it’s tough to focus on the prayer from the heart.
Matthew 6:8 (AMP) 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
God knows what we need before we ask for it. This does not mean we still should not pray for what we need. Prayer is about faith, believing God can meet our needs, and relationship with God.
Matthew 6:9-13 (AMP) 9 Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name.10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven ([a]left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have [b]given up resentment against) our debtors. 13 And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God letting Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen