Prayer

The Lord's Prayer - Matthew 6:9-13 & Luke 11:2-4

Notice the difference in context. Matthew: Sermon on the Mount. Luke: A day with His disciples after He had prayed. In both cases the message is the same. The prayer, although short, is complete, precise, and powerful. It provides the foundation on which we can learn and build.

 

Matthew 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. 5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

 

Our Father in heaven - acknowledgment of His position and status.

Hallowed be thy name - acknowledgment of His pre-eminence and holiness.

Thy kingdom come - now in a spiritual way and later in a physical way.

Thy will be done - His "Will" is done. A plea for not only His will to be done but also His desire.

In earth as it is in heaven - In heaven, what ever the Father desires is done. The same is not true of the earth. But we should pray that it is.

Give us this day our daily bread - acknowledges the Father as provider.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors - acknowledges the blood of Christ as provision for forgiveness of sin & the need for us to forgive as a necessary condition for claiming that provision.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil - help us to avoid adversity: all kinds. When we encounter adversity help us to escape it. For our Father is fully capable of meeting any need.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever (Only in some late manuscripts) - A summary and reiteration of the prayer. A recognition of the Father's omniscience and omnipotence and worthiness.

Prayer is a request for a miracle - Divine intervention.

Prayer is heard only by the mediation of Christ, our High Priest.

Prayer is a tool of spiritual warfare.

Better to talk with God than to talk about Him.

Prayer is Talking and Listening.

Act naturally. No hiding or fooling. Do your part. "Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you." Saint Augustine of Hippo (354430)

Fasting and Prayer. Jesus in the desert for example.

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thess. 5:17. Pray continually or constantly. Regularly!

Accept God's advice.

No "Call Waiting" during prayer.

"Keep praying, but be thankful that God's answers are wiser than your prayers!" William Culbertson