Prayer is a key element in growing up in this new life. However, we often find it difficult to pray because we are not sure how to do it. Jesus left us an example of prayer that we are going to go through now.
Matthew 6: 9-10 - “Pray, then, [b]in this way: ‘Our Father, who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
To the disciples' question: Teach us to pray! Jesus gave this example of prayer that we call the "Our Father". In his thought, there was never a question of making a continuation of a sentence to recite, besides just before giving this example Jesus will say: When you pray, do not repeat endlessly the same things (verse 7), but He left us a condensed prayer and in this short text we can identify six ways of addressing God. The first, which Jesus puts in priority, is intercession.
Jesus begins this prayer with things that interest his Father, that vibrate in his heart and that He wants to see it manifest. Before asking anything, Jesus expresses his deep respect for the Father by formulating "wishes" that reveals his submission to the great God of the universe. May your name be sanctified: that is to say that men respect your name, that it be considered holy and sacred; let your kingdom come and your will be done: that is to say that finally the man submits to you so that You may bless him as you have always wished. There is all this in the beginning of this prayer. My question is: When we pray, what are the first things we put before God? Who is the master, the first served, the center? Our prayers are too often limited to: Lord do this or do this ... Lord give me ... The Father deserves much more respect from us and we must approach Him not as a beggar, nor as a spoiled child, but like a son or daughter filled with love and respect for Him.Once the relationship is established, we can bring our requests ...
Matthew 6.11 - ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
After this beautiful introduction, Jesus approaches the second way of praying: supplication. It touches all our personal needs. Through the image of bread is all that can worry us: the rent, a bill, food or a financial problem, but also all that our psychic being needs such as love, peace, security. Paul tells us: Make your needs known to God, with thanksgiving (Philippians 4.6)! Even though Heavenly Father knows what we need, He approves when our faith is expressed in words. These demands are not formulated in beggary but in a victorious state of mind, in gratitude and trust, as David said in Psalm 23: The LORD is my shepherd, I will not miss anything.
You may feel that you are suffering from a lack that contradicts this truth. There may be several reasons for this: Perhaps you have not yet formulated your need before God, you expect "providence" but the Lord says: Come to me and ask. What often happens too is that we do not want to let go of the reins of our lives. We ask the Father but we do not trust, we ask God to intervene, but we walk in the stretchers, we phone, we invoke, we make plans ... The Lord does not work like that! He uses what we give to Him, even if it's a problem. Your problem must become his, that does not mean that it will not do anything but it is He, in his immense wisdom, who will handle the situation. Finally, what often happens unfortunately, God has given us but we systematically lose his blessing because of our character traits that we do not want to change. Bread also represents the Word of God. Lord give us today a portion of your Word that will nourish our spiritual being.
Matthew 6:12 - And forgive us our [g]debts, as we have forgiven our debtors.
We have already touched on the theme of forgiveness in this book, yet we must go back to it all the time. This third form of prayer, which we call repentance, is decisive in our relationship with the Father. For many, repentance is a unique experience that we experience in our encounter with Jesus Christ, but Himself teaches us that repentance is as much a part of prayer as the expression of our needs, as we have seen. -above. In fact, repentance is a lifestyle! To be in this state of mind is the simplest way to become humble and to remain so. It is not a morbid guilt, on the contrary it is an extraordinary power of liberation that fills us with love for our Savior. To give a clear definition of repentance is to be constantly aware of our indignity while being constantly carried by the grace of God.Unfortunately, many people are not aware of this. They minimize their need for forgiveness, hide behind "I'm not that bad" or "I'm not like him". So obviously the slightest mistake committed against them becomes an unforgivable outrage. My friends: We are not better than the most depraved sinners ..! One thing distinguishes us: We have grasped grace and forgiveness in Jesus Christ. Without his sacrifice on the cross for us, we would all be candidates for hell whether we are wearing a tie or rags. When someone offends us, think of this reality, and his offense will be so minor that it will not be difficult to forgive him with all our heart as God has forgiven us.
Matthew 6:13 - ‘And do not lead us into temptation,
We are already in the fourth form of prayer that we will call the day before. Jesus strongly encouraged us to watch and pray (Mark 13:33), that is, to remain attentive and vigilant in prayer. In our text, Jesus invites us to ask the Father not to be led into temptation, the temptation can also be translated by trial or test. How many of us have already begged the Father not to be tested? Probably very little! Unfortunately, we are often carefree and think that everything is in the best of all worlds. Eve ! It is the cry of the Lord Jesus, watch and pray. One day an American pastor told us in his preaching the following story, which I modified a little: three candidates apply for a post of bus driver. The instructor asks these candidates: "You are on a mountain road, on the right there is a ravine and no security.How far from the side of the road could you drive? The first answers: "A meter". The second goes on: "Oh, me less than fifty centimeters." The third responds: "I would put myself as far to the left as possible to avoid any danger".
Many painful trials could be avoided if we were alert and alert taking the most distance possible with sin. Sin is a terrible thing ! Let us think of all the sufferings of our Lord so that we may be free. Do not swap this wonderful gift of grace.
Matthew 6:13 - but deliver us from evil.
Who among us is aware that we are in the middle of a merciless war between the forces of Good and the forces of Evil, the stakes of this war being ourselves: human beings. Since the fall of Adam, the entire world is under the tyrannical rule of Satan and his demons, the whole planet suffers from his actions, his injustice and his wickedness. We are in occupied territory, but we can, children of God, organize the resistance to take back our nation to the enemy. This is what this fifth form of prayer proposes: spiritual warfare.Whether you like it or not, as soon as you give your life to Jesus, the forces of the evil "gestapo" have the mission to stop you and put you back in prison, dead or alive. You have become a danger to the devil's kingdom, especially if you become aware of the powerful weapons that God gives you.
To be delivered from Evil, we need three essential things: First, we need to be deeply in love with Jesus our Lord. Our life must be dedicated to the cause of our King. Secondly, we must let the Holy Spirit pour in us the love of God, that our whole being be filled with grace and compassion. This will produce in us also the character of God in the form of the fruit of the Spirit which is love, peace, joy ... (Galatians 5.22 and 23). Thirdly, we need to unite around the banner of the cross, and only that one.
Matthew 6:13 - For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
This is the end of our prayer that ends with praise. What a richness in this teaching of Jesus. Praise is an extraordinary force, it comes to entrench our prayer in the realm of faith. This statement of purpose is in fact the foundation of prayer: Since you possess power and glory forever and I believe it, I ask you for my daily bread, your forgiveness, your protection and your victory. To be a man or a woman of prayer who moves the sky, I must be supported on this foundation: To have experienced what my mouth gives as praise. If I am convinced that the reign belongs to God, because I have lived it, because I have experienced that God is never caught unawares and that He is the master of all situations, then I do not I have no difficulty in having faith that my requests will be heard and answered, and faith moves the arm of God. To have faith, one must know God, not in a theoretical but practical way; as Job said: I had heard about you but now I saw you with my eyes (Job 42.5). Knowing the Lord can only lead us in praise, He is so wonderful. The Lord rejoices to see this faith in action and He can only respond to prayer because He will never deny who He is or His Word. Sometimes our faith is time-tested to see its endurance; but afterwards it emerges even stronger and anchored in the experience and our prayer becomes even more powerful. Today, do an experiment! Take the Word of God as a reality, praise the Lord with all your heart for who He is and then bring your prayer with confidence. God will act! He will answer you, maybe not as you think, but He will intervene ...
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