What character qualities are needed as we get ready for a new season? Jesus’ sermon on the mount outlined practices that would define his followers. It’s never been about outward show, but a genuine, prayer-shaped walk with God. Encountering Jesus through prayer influences the trajectory of a church more than anything else we might do.
Matthew 6:5-8 / New International Version (NIV)
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 others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
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