Day 18

Read Matthew 6:5-15

All too often when we pray we try to sound smart or say all the right things or repeat the same phrases over and over. Isn’t it great to know that God doesn’t require any of that, but simply wants to hear from our hearts?

Reflection: In what ways do you make prayer a formal, religious exercise? Are you ever intimidated by prayer? How can you speak more openly with God?

Prayer Point: Spend time praising God for who He is, ask Him to bless you with what you need, and pray that His will would be accomplished in you.

Families/Kids: Read The Jesus Storybook Bible: How to Pray.

Reflection: Isn’t it great to know that you don’t have to use big, long, church words when you pray, but can just talk to God who loves you very much? What does He want you to say to Him?

Prayer Point: Talk with God about what you need and trust that He will give you a perfect answer.