5. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as
the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the
corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you,
They have received their reward. He also calls those men hypocrites who
pretend they are looking to God when in fact they are looking to men; and from
men they have received the only reward they will receive.
6. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into
thine inner chamber and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father Who is
in secret; and thy Father Who seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Should I not then pray in church? Indeed I should, but with a right mind and
not for show. For it is not the place which harms prayer, but the manner and
the intent with which we pray. For many who pray, in secret do so to impress
7. But when ye pray, do not babble as the
Gentiles do. "Babbling" means praying foolishly, as when someone
asks for such worldly things as fame, wealth, or victory. "Babbling"
is also inarticulate, childish speech. Therefore you, O reader, must not pray
foolish1y. For they think that they shall be heard for their many words. It is
not necessary to make long prayers, but rather short and frequent prayers, uttering
few words, but persevering in prayer.
8. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your
Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him. It is not to
inform God of anything that we make our petitions, but instead, that we may
detach ourselves from the cares of life and receive benefit by conversing with
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