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Lord Teach Us to Pray

July 31, 2010

….. The Lord’s Prayer ~~~~Matthew 6, Mark 11

The Lord God Almighty Creator of the Heavens and the Earth is Merciful and Loving. He is Our Loving and Holy Father. He is the Alpha and Omega, The Beginning and the End, Our Past, Present and Future.

I humble come before you all in the Loving Grace of our Lord and Savour Jesus Christ in whom we place our faith for salvation in, to share the Blessing of Prayer life that the Lord has given me.

Jesus strongly warns us not to be like the heathens when we pray. “And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.” Matthew 6. We are especially not to use vain repetitions.

Why did He warn us? Why are repetitions wrong? We are warned that repetitions are wrong because the words become memorized. They will come from thoughtlessly from our minds and not from our hearts, so our intentions of our heart and mind are not set upon God. If the words of a Prayer do not come from the heart they are vainly spoken to the air, like words encouragement are not encouraging without love. We must remember our hearts and minds must be focused on God as we humbly present ourselves in His presence as we pray.

Now Jesus gave us The Lord’s Prayer and said “in this manner therefore pray” Matthew 6 and “When you pray say” Luke 11. Now many as a contradiction of Jesus’ word. First He tells us not use repetitions then Gives us the Lord’s Prayer.

When I was young, I too thought how could this be? How Jesus could tell us not to be repetitive but still give us a prayer that is repeated everyday? It has become a prayer that is often said from the mouth/mind instead of the heart. So why did Jesus give us these words.

While I was in prayer and mediation on this thought the Lord showed/impressed upon me His Understanding of this prayer and it is two folds.

While Jesus was with His Disciples He was nurturing spiritual babies that would grow into Mighty Servants of Gods. In knowing this, Jesus gave them /us the Lord’s Prayer to help us in the Spiritual Growth of our Prayer life. As soon as we become spiritually grown and are able to eat the Meat of the Word then this prayer should becomes an example of How to pray to Our Heavenly Father.

I believe and have faith that is the formula (recipe) for effective Prayers. Prayers that Glorify God but edifies ourselves as well. Let take a look at this recipe for Effective Prayer.

“Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.”
It is here that we address our Heavenly Father with reverence and praise. This first ingredient help not only shows reverence to God but it helps our heart and mind be as one in our prayer. So we are focused on God and not this World.

“Your kingdom come.  Your will be done   On earth as it is in heaven”
These words remind us to humble ourselves before God. And to remember that we must pray for God’s will not own to be done here as His will is always done in Heaven.

“Give us this day our daily bread”
I love this verse for it reminds us to pray for our Spiritual needs for the daily Bread is the Bread of Life. So we can live our live for Him and not ourselves and do His Will.

“And forgive us our debts,   As we forgive our debtors.”
This verse has two parts to it. One we are asking our Loving Father for forgiveness of our sins both those we have committed against Him as well as others. This part also ties into with our spiritual needs and our passion to be right with God.

The second part brings us to remember to forgive those who have sinned against us. This is to remind us that if we are seeking mercy from Our Heavenly Father then it is our duty to be merciful to those who hurt us.
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” Matthew 6

This also reminds us to forgive our enemies and pray for their spiritual needs.

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, Matthew 5

And do not lead us into temptation,   But deliver us from the evil one.”

I really love this verse for it is here were we ask for protection from the evil one, from his daily temptations of life. It is God promise to protect us from the harm that will affect our faith. It is here we are reminded to walk out in Faith that we have His protection and any arrow of evil or devises that evil one may plan to use against us. It is here that we grasp on to His promise of Protection.

“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them shout for joy because You defend them.” Psalms 5
“Show Your marvellous loving-kindness by Your right hand, O You who save those who trust in You  From those who rise up against them. Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of Your wings, From the wicked who oppress me, From my deadly enemies who surround me ” Psalms 17

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

Although Mark does not include this verse I do believe it is essential for effective prayer. It is here that we learn to close our prayers praising Our Heavenly Father so that we can walk in The Spirit throughout the day. For we all know how much Praising God and Glorifying His name edify ourselves. For the Spirit love to worship Our Heavenly Father and in doing so fills us full of Joy and Peace.

Please do not get me wrong. The Lord’s Prayer is a very important to be said for all who are Followers of Christ. For while we are young in Christ it is a perfect prayer to help us along our way, it helps us come to the Lord Our God in all reverence and Love.

As we become seasoned in Christ we are called to pray the words of the Spirit places in our hearts. But even seasoned in Christ this Prayer is essential for those days when despair comes our way and we can not find the words to pray. It can recharge our prayer life so that we become one with the Holy Spirit again.

The one thing we have to remember with this and any prayer is that it must come from our hearts to be effective.

May the Spirit of the Lord Blesses you all with His Wisdom and Understanding, May His Peace beyond Understanding fill your Hearts.

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