Prayer is such an important part of our lives that Jesus gave us an example, a blueprint for how we should pray in Matthew chapter 6. Most Christians have memorized this model prayer, which has come to be known as The Lord’s Prayer. It’s recited in unison around the world and spoken softly in lonely prayer closets. It not only works as a prayer we say verbatim, but as an example of what we should include in our own more personal and specific prayers.
It starts with a declaration of just who it is that we pray to and establishes our relationship with the holy God of heaven. Jesus shows us in this prayer that we it’s not only alright to ask God to meet our physical and material needs, but that we should rely on Him to do so.
This prayer also lets us know that we are dependent on God for forgiveness of our sins and that as God forgives us we are to forgive one another. And it further illustrates our capacity for and the ease with which we are drawn into temptation and evil, one more reason we are to rely fully on God. There is a good deal going on in these four short verses.
A few verses later Jesus tells us a secret, how to keep our minds and hearts fixed on what really matters. By placing our treasures in the eternal we ensure that our entire being will be fixed on the things that matter to God.
During Mid Day Prayer Time this week, around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM, I’ll be sharing from Matthew 6.
Mon 10/09 Matthew 6:9-10
Tue 10/10 Matthew 6:11-13
Wed 10/11 Matthew 6:14-15
Thu 10/12 Matthew 6:16-18
Fri 10/13 Matthew 6:19-21
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