“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.” Matthew 6:5 For the followers of Jesus, it’s not ‘if ’ we pray….but ‘when’ we pray! In this story Jesus sets out to teach His disciples how to pray. But then it would be up to them to exercise that opportunity, and what an opportunity that is! In His loving and truthful way He told them to, not, be like the hypocrites. Again, Jesus refers to the Pharisees as hypocrites because they were always trying to get others to see them as more holy than they really were. And, as we have discussed before, because they had no real relationship with the Father they had to gain their significance from something else. Here Jesus talks about how the hypocrites behaved when they were praying. They love to stand in the synagogues and on the street corners and utter loud, repetitive prayers. They did this to be noticed…and they were successful. People did notice them and Jesus told them that, that and nothing else, would be their reward.

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