Read this verse twice slowly, focusing on the important words and ideas.
Matthew 5:48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Below are four ways you can pray through Matthew 5:48 personally or with your family.
Confession: This invitation to perfection feels impossible. How could I ever be perfect when there’s still so much in me that is imperfect? To be sure, I’ll know nothing of perfection apart from You.
Adoration: You alone give perfect peace. You alone show perfect love. You alone speak perfect truth. You alone possess perfect power. You alone give perfect life. You alone are completely perfect.
Thanksgiving: I am so thankful for the perfect life of Your great, Son. In Him, perfection took my place. In Him, perfection pardoned instead of punished. In Him, perfection cleansed instead of condemned. Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord!
Supplication: To be perfect is to be wholly surrendered to Your ways, will, and Word. Although I’ll never fully get there in this life, I want to move closer each day. The only way I can is by fixing my eyes on Jesus, the author, and perfecter of my faith. Lord, please perfect my faith as I fix my eyes on Jesus’ perfect love.