When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Pray, then, 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. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions. Matthew 6:5-15
This passage indicates that disciples of Christ are to pray. Our instruction is not if we pray, but when we pray. However, we see from this Scripture that there is both a way not to pray and a way to pray. It is not the length of our prayers or their eloquence that is important. What is important is the one to whom we pray – Our loving Father, who knows what we need before we even ask. Our praying is based on our relationship with our Father. What a privilege to pray.
We have probably all memorized the "Lord's Prayer", but have we studied it to better understand the way in which we are to pray. Jesus presents great truth is very simple terms. Although it is simple, the more we study it the more we will understand its depth. It is truly a reflection of the great mind of God.
Who can better teach us the way in which to pray, than Christ Himself. He had an intimate prayer relationship with His Father. He prayed without ceasing.
This is not simply a prayer to be repeated, but a pattern for us to use in all our praying. I encourage you in this coming year to take time to study this pattern for prayer and grow in your prayer relationship with Our Father.
Lord teach us to pray!
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