Prayer

Prayer is our means of communicating with God. The Lord’s Prayer is a good place to start learning how to pray.  The Lord’s Prayer is a pattern for us to use.

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

  1.  We should pray for God’s name to be revered.  Mainly we should pray that we would learn to recognize God’s holiness and to show reverence to Him.

Thy kingdom come

2.  We should pray for Jesus’ return, His second coming.  We should pray that we would long for His return.

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

3.  Pray that God will accomplish His will on earth.  Pray that He will be able to fulfill His purpose on earth as freely as He can in heaven.  For God to do that we need to be willing to be used by Him.

Give us this day our daily bread.

4.  We need to ask God to meet our daily needs.  We can have confidence that God will readily and suitably meet all of our needs.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

5.  We can ask God to forgive us of our sins, but there is a condition.  He will forgive us of our sins as we forgive others.  He will forgive us of our sins as we forgive others.  He is not looking for us to be the leaders in forgiveness nor is He vindictive in His attitude.  God is looking to us to be Christlike and obedient which is seen in our forgiving of others.  We need God to forgive us of our sins, so we should also have a forgiving attitude towards others.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

6.  Pray for deliverance from temptation.  Pray for the Lord’s protection from those things that will turn us away from Him and His will.  God does not want us to sin, so He will gladly help us to avoid sin if we allow Him to help.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

7.  Recognize the greatness of God.  Our prayers are not to a human but to the almighty, eternal God.  He does hear, and He does answer.

All too often our prayers focus on ourselves.  The pattern given in the Lord’s Prayer is more focused on God than on a list of needs.  This is a perfect pattern.  It is intended to help us to align ourselves with God better.  Our sinfulness keeps us from being always in God’s will.  This pattern helps us to see the need to depend on God and not on ourselves.  Although our praying will not be perfect here on earth, we should not feel hopeless.  As we pray and keep praying now, we will be improving our relationship with God.  An improved relationship with God will make our time on earth more blessed and will prepare us for the glories of heaven.

An observation:  In the NASB the Lord’s Prayer is written in poetry form.  In the Old Testament God often stated some of His serious words of judgment in the form of a poem.  I see that as a reminder of God’s love.  He chooses to take His time and put His words together in a beautiful form instead of speaking harshly, as we humans are inclined to speak.  Putting this prayer in a poem is a reminder to us that our carefully chosen words to God can be beautiful as well.

The Lord’s Prayer is found in Matthew 6:9-13

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