Do you pray? If your answer is yes (and it should be), the next question is this: How do you pray? The simple answer is that we look to the example that has been given to us. That example came through God's Son.
Jesus was teaching His disciples, when He turned to the subject of prayer. After instructing His disciples not to pray like the hypocrites pray, Jesus demonstrated to His disciples how we should pray.
First, Jesus taught us that we should pray to God in secret. We should not seek glory from men when we pray. Prayer is meant to be a time spent with God. Therefore, to use prayer as a means of receiving glory from men makes one a hypocrite.
After instructing His disciples to pray in secret, Jesus shows the disciples how we should pray. These famous words have become known as "The Lord's Prayer" (Matthew 5:9-13). We should use this as a model when we pray. If He has given us the example, shouldn't we follow it?