5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you,
your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15 But if you do not forgive others their sins,
your Father will not forgive your sins.
Prayer can be intimidating. Prayer can be daunting. However, prayer should be a natural rhythm in our life. Scripture says, “when you pray,” meaning that this should be a part of our walk with Jesus. Jesus gives us a guide to use as we pray. We first acknowledge God is our father and His kingdom is what should come first. He then guides us to realize that He is our provider and that we should be thankful that He forgives us, pushing us to forgive others. Finally, we are to ask for protection from temptation. As we reflect on the prayer guide that Jesus gives us, we should first ask whether or not we are intentionally trying to make prayer a natural part of our day. Do we have time set apart that we can spend with God? This might be in the morning as you get ready for the day, during your drive to work, or different moments throughout the day. God wants to spend time with you. Are you making time for Him?