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Passage: Matthew 6:1-18

Matthew 6:1-18 – True Fasting and Prayer

Summary

True fasting and prayer is done not for the purpose of outward show but draws the person of prayer into a deeper relationship with God that will express harmony with God's blessings and with God's intention to forgive.

Analysis

The righteousness of the kingdom is reflected in a piety that is expressed not for external show and reward, but rests in the confidence that God stands ready to give even before the request is made. The Lord's Prayer stands as a model of the piety of the kingdom. In this prayer we are invited into an awareness of the kingdom that knows its coming as an answer to prayer, acknowledges the daily gifts of God for life, and seeks to have one's own life mirror the blessing of God in forgiving love for the other.