Jesus taught us how to pray. He taught us that it is something that is secret, that it is something that is between us and God alone. That we should be wary of falling into the trap that many have fallen into, thinking that they are somehow more righteous than others because of their faith
Matt 6 v 5- 6 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room, and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
We are also told, that long eloquent prayers are not a necessary thing, and we are given the words that we need.
“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
It’s really very simple, isn’t it? But note the order of the prayer. First, we give honour to God. Second, we are to pray for the kingdom to come. Third, to look after us, and forgive us. And finally, to guide us. After this in the King James version, there is a further recognition of God’s power and glory.
This message that we have been given as a way to communicate with God, also shows us how we need to focus our lives, that we must put God’s glory before all things, and that we should want the kingdom to come without delay. And then, we must rely on God’s mercy and forgiveness to nourish, us and look after us each day, forgiving our sins and guiding us in our path that we may focus ourselves towards the day when He will send His son back to bring that long awaited kingdom to the Earth.
As we are told in Matt. Chapter 6:33 – “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness”
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