The Model Prayer(A)

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the [a]hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, (B)go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you [b]openly. And when you pray, (C)do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. (D)For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father (E)knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this (F)manner, therefore, pray:

(G)Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your (H)name.
10 Your kingdom come.
(I)Your will be done
On earth (J)as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our (K)daily bread.
12 And (L)forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 (M)And do not lead us into temptation,
But (N)deliver us from the evil one.
[c]For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

14 (O)“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But (P)if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Fasting to Be Seen Only by God

16 “Moreover, (Q)when you fast, do not be like the [d]hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, (R)anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you [e]openly.

Lay Up Treasures in Heaven(S)

19 (T)“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 (U)but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 6:5 pretenders
  2. Matthew 6:6 NU omits openly
  3. Matthew 6:13 NU omits the rest of v. 13.
  4. Matthew 6:16 pretenders
  5. Matthew 6:18 NU, M omit openly