Matthew 6:5-8

The Lord's Prayer

5 "And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love 1to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. 2Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
6 But when you pray, 3go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. 4And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
7 "And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as 5the Gentiles do, for 6they think that they will be heard 7for their many words.
8 Do not be like them, 8for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Matthew 6:5-8 In-Context

3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
5 "And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
7 "And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.
8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 Pray then like this: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Cross References 8

  • 1. Mark 11:25; Luke 18:11
  • 2. ver. 2, 16
  • 3. 2 Kings 4:33; Isaiah 26:20
  • 4. ver. 4, 18
  • 5. ver. 32; Matthew 5:47
  • 6. 1 Kings 18:26
  • 7. Proverbs 10:19; Ecclesiastes 5:2
  • 8. ver. 32
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