In our next section of Matthew 6, Jesus turns His attention to prayer. How should our prayer time look and sound? Is there a secret
formula to effective prayer? Sadly, there is no secret formula, but we
can learn to pattern our prayers after Jesus. In verses 5-8, Jesus
eliminates many of our misconceptions about prayer by teaching us four
attributes that should not describe Christian prayer.
God clearly communicates His expectations to us so that we can truly flourish and enjoy life as He intended for us to enjoy it. However, Satan and sin seek to destroy all the good gifts God has given us. This week, Jesus takes us to the heart of lust as he talks about intimacy and relationships. He gives us three hard facts about sin that challenge us to fully commit to God’s plan for our relationships.
After telling His disciples that He had come to fulfill the law, Jesus spent some time teaching them that God was more concerned
with our hearts than with our outward compliance. In His first
example, Jesus addresses something that we all struggle with—anger. In our text today, we find three hard truths about anger that challenge us to examine our lives and look to Christ for forgiveness and strength.