Matthew 6:5-8 

1. What are ways you treat prayer as a “performance” or as “bribery”? 

2. What’s one way you can try praying more “personally” or more “simply” this week?


Our prayers reveal much about us.

Derek Thomas, “God-Centered Prayer”


You don’t create intimacy; you make room for it. This is true whether you are talking about your spouse, your friend, or God. You need space to be together. Efficiency, multitasking, and busyness all kill intimacy. In short, you can’t get to know God on the fly.

Paul Miller, A Praying Life


Prayers of thanks focus to some extent on us. We thank God for particular gifts given to us and others personally, and for general gifts bestowed on all. Praise, on the other hand, focuses directly on God. We praise him for who and what he is. It is the difference between a spouse saying to the other, “You are the most understanding person I know; that’s one reason I love you so much” and “Thanks for the sandwich; I needed it.” 

J.I. Packer, Praying: Finding Our Way Through Duty to Delight