“This is how you are to pray…”

                                                    

Matthew 6:7-15

Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them.  Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.  This is how you are to pray:

“Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us;  And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.

“If you forgive men their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

The Lord’s Prayer has a special place in my heart. It is most likely, the first prayer I learned, next to, “Now I lay me down to sleep.”  It is special to me because it came to me instantly as I was waiting for news on my ultrasound almost 9 years ago.  It also includes the words to my mantra:  “Thy Will Be Done.”

Father Rocky talked about this prayer on Relevant Radio (1330 AM) and I am going to put what he said into my own words.   There are seven parts to this prayer.  The number 7 is significant in the bible.  It represents many things.  To name just a few:  It is the foundation of God’s word; it represents completion (7 days of creation) and perfection, both spiritually and physically.  Jesus performed 7 miracles on the Holy Sabbath.  It isn’t surprising that His prayer was created this way, either.

  1. Our Father, Who art in Heaven, Hallowed by Thy name:  we give grace and honor to His name.
  2. Thy Kingdom come:His return.
  3. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven: Not MY will.
  4. Give us this day our daily bread: He gives us exactly what we need each day, like quail and manna in the desert.
  5. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us: if we do not forgive, we can not be forgiven.
  6. And lead us not into temptation:  help keep us from sinning.
  7. But deliver us from evil: so that we may join Jesus in heaven.

Father Rocky also gave three things to think about as we pray:

Pray daily, Pray privately, Pray simply.

If you know that you are going to have a tough day, pray the Lord’s Prayer.  It will help you from committing sins, if you ask Jesus to lead you not into temptation.  You could also pray it everyday, regardless of what kind of day you may have!  Make it your “go to” prayer!


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