Jesus’ lesson on Prayer

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Matthew 6

“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

10   Your kingdom come.

Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

11   Give us this day our daily bread.

12   And forgive us our debts,

As we forgive our debtors.

13   And do not lead us into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

This might be the most familiar passage of Scripture in all of the Bible.  Some churches quote it every Sunday.  To the people who do, church isn’t complete without the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer.  Volumes have been written about it and sermon series have been preached from it.  Most of all, the Lord Jesus gave this to his disciples when they asked him how to pray.  Jesus did not say to quote this when you pray but to pray after this manner.

As we study this lesson from Christ on prayer in comparison to our own prayers, we might find some elements missing.  Jesus began this lesson teaching us to exalt God the Father.  It is His name we are lifting up and His will we are seeking.  As we pray with open hearts so often God changes us by showing his how much better His will is than ours.  In prayer, we accept His will and then rejoice as he performs it.

Jesus teaches us to pray to the Father for our daily needs.  God makes the crops and the livestock grow.  God gives the dew and the rain and the sunshine.  God opens the doors for work so we can provide for ourselves and for our families.

He teaches us to forgive everyone who does us wrong.  Anyone who owes us a debt we are to forgive them for that debt.  At the end of this lesson Jesus adds 14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.“  Forgiveness is a huge part of this lesson on prayer.

We cannot do spiritual battles on our own so we are to pray for God’s help against our spiritual and physical temptations.  We don’t even know what specific battles we might face in a day so we really want to ask God to prepare our minds, souls, and bodies against Satan’s attacks.  We have an enemy of our souls and God is more powerful so we seek His help in overcoming the wicked one.

As often as possible, take time in prayer to glorify God.  All power is His.  All kingdoms are His.  All glory is His.  When we keep a right view of God we will have a right view of ourselves.  As Paul wrote,  “Whether therefore you eat or drink or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

You are familiar with this lesson on prayer.  Just take a few more minutes in your prayer time today reflecting on the lesson Jesus gave to his disciples and to us.

It was good to be back at Grace for Life on Sunday.  I am thankful for our church and for all that the Lord is doing in the lives of those who call this their church family.  Tell others about your church.  They might be looking for answers that only God through His word can give to them.  Plant the seed; God brings the harvest.  We heard Sunday that Yolanda is home.  God did a miracle of healing in her body.  We are thankful.

I hope your sump pump is working.  Mine was cycling all night and I am very glad it was.  I like to wake up to dry floors. 

Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

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