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Praying quietly

And Jesus taught us, saying: Take care about practicing righteousness before other people to be seen by them rather than being rewarded by your Heavenly Father Who Is. When you give to the poor, don’t be like the hypocrites who enter the sanctuary, sounding their own horn in hopes of getting people praise. When you hold out your right hand to give, don’t let your left hand even know what you’re doing that your giving may be kept secret from yourself, so only your Father sees and knows. And when you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the sanctuary and outside on the street where everyone sees. Truly, I tell you, they’ve received their reward. But when you pray, go privately into your own room and shut the door and pray to your Father Who Is in secret. And your Father Who sees in secret will reward you. ©2013 Mary Harwell Sayler , prayer-a-phrase of today’s Daily Bible Reading in Matthew 6:1-6.