What Jesus said about prayer – 3

The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you want you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply (Matthew 6, The Message).

Pray honestly, from your heart.

What Jesus said about prayer – 5

In prayer, there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others (Matthew 6, The Message).

As Jesus died for our sins, He prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do (Luke 23:34).

Jesus modeled forgiving prayer.