Jesus begins his teaching on prayer with the words, "WHEN you pray" not "IF you pray." Clearly, Jesus wanted his disciples to make prayer an integral part of their lives. But, is there a proper way to pray? Or, to phrase the question differently, is there a wrong way to pray? The answer to both questions is yes. In the first of this two part series on prayer, we will take a closer look at Jesus' teachings regarding how NOT to pray, focusing particularly on Matthew 6:5-8.