Here is how Jesus taught us to pray. Recognize God as our Heavenly Father—the One who gives us life, sustains our life, and provides for us. God is all-powerful, present everywhere, knows everything, is perfect in holiness and integrity, never breaks a promise, and loves us dearly. Jesus said pray that His kingdom of justice, righteousness, mercy, and peace will prevail on earth as it does in heaven. He tells us to ask God for the things we need and to forgive those who hurt or harm us. The reason we can forgive others is because God has forgiven us for our many sins. Those who refuse to forgive others may have never repented and received God’s forgiveness. We read this in Matthew chapter 6: “Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.” Today, if we follow these prayer principles, we grow in our faith.

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