Matthew 6:5-15 The Passion Translation
“Whenever you pray, be sincere and not like the pretenders who love the attention they receive while praying before others in the meetings and on street corners. Believe me, they’ve already received in full their reward.
But whenever you pray, go into your innermost chamber and be alone with Father God, praying to him in secret. And your Father, who sees all you do,
will reward you openly.
When you pray, there is no need to repeat empty phrases, praying like those who don’t know God, for they expect God to hear them because of their many words.
There is no need to imitate them, since your Father already knows what you need before you ask him.
Pray like this: ‘Our Father, dwelling in the heavenly realms, may the glory of your name
be the center on which our lives turn.
Manifest your kingdom realm, and cause your every purpose to be fulfilled on earth,
just as it is fulfilled in heaven.
We acknowledge you as our Provider
of all we need each day.
Forgive us the wrongs we have done as we ourselves release forgiveness to those who have wronged us.
Rescue us every time we face tribulation and set us free from evil. For you are the King who rules
with power and glory forever. Amen.’
“And when you pray, make sure you forgive the faults of others so that your Father in heaven will also forgive you.
But if you withhold forgiveness from others, your Father withholds forgiveness from you.”