“Pray, then, in this way…” (Matthew 6:9).
Knowing humankind better than it knows itself, Jesus assumes all people will pray. Twice he has said, “When you pray” (5,7), to offer a contrast between his disciples and two other groups that, shockingly, pray—hypocrites and Gentiles. The emphasis being that there is both a correct and wrong way to pray. As disciples, there should be a desire to pray rightly. Having instructed us to go into our inner room, where it is only you, God, and no one else (v.6), Jesus then offers a skeleton to guide us (9-13) in the fleshing out of our prayers. His model of short and simple negates the other prevailing assumption…that prayer is hard.