Matthew Chapter 6 Study

Welcome to a study of the Lord's prayer, Matthew 6:1-13
Here is are the scriptures copy/pasted from King James Version

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
And 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.
But 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.
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
alms- practical deeds for righteousness (including prayer) should be done for the Lord, His approval, His purposes, NOT to impress people!!

Study Questions

1) Matthew 6:1-6 What should our prayer motivation NOT be?

2) What is an important characteristic of prayer as advocated in Matthew 6:1-6?

3) Matthew 6:7, what in prayer does NOT impress or move the Father?

4) Matthew 6:8 "...Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask him."  What would you conclude when you put that together with the prayer modeled in Matthew 6: 9-13?

Verse 9-13 The Lord's Prayer

These verses provide an example or model for us to learn from.
What do we see?
Verse 9- Address the Father with honor and respect.
verse 10- Relinquish to His will/ His way.
verse 11- Ask for our needs to be met.
verse 12- Ask for forgiveness from a position of a forgiver.
verse 13- Ask for guidance and protection, acknowledge His position and power,glorify and honor Him

With the above observations as a guideline or suggestion, write a few prayers.  Is there a small child that you love?  If that small child approached you and began a  nice conversation with you, wouldn't you love and treasure those words shared?  YES you would.  Remember you are our Heavenly Father's child and He treasures your words, your prayers no less. 

You approach Him as His righteous child, blameless when in Christ.  Remember your position, and enjoy prayer with your Father.