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Letter: Christans don’t pray for harm, malice or just rewards

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Mr. Stewart (letter, Oct. 29): You have been greatly misled if you think that you can pull one verse out of the Bible to make it suit your need(s). When you start quoting scripture, please do these simple things: One, please read the entire chapter. Get a good knowledge of what Jesus or any other person of the Bible is doing and or saying. Secondly, see if your verse that you want to quote truly reflects what you are trying to convey to the readers. Thirdly, you should place the chapter and verse that you are quoting.

The verse you refer to, Mr. Stewart, is Matthew 6:5 — "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full."

But let’s take a closer look at what Jesus was truly saying. Matthew 6:6-13 reads:

"But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This, then, is how you should pray:

"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one."

Jesus was teaching the disciples that those who pray with improper motives have their reward — like those who do charitable deed with improper motives. When the "40 days of Life" is out there, they do not pray with improper motives. They pray with kindness and love. We don’t pray that the people who do bad things (i.e sinners) get their just rewards. We pray that people who don’t know God will know God.

So, Mr. Stewart, Christians don’t pray for harm, malice or just rewards. We pray for peace, kindness and love.

Tanja Corrington

Bemidji

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