How should we NOT pray? This is the question we’ll address today, as part of a series on Prayer
1. Not as the pagans worship
31 You must not worship the LORD your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the LORD hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.
2. Not so people will think well of you
5“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
3. Not with meaningless repetition, or babbling
7And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
4. No with bad motives
3When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. 4You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.