How Should I Pray?
After Jesus addresses the ‘where’ of prayer, in Matthew 6:9-13, he tells us how we should pray by modeling a holy prayer for us:
Here is the prayer, which is fittingly called “The Lord’s Prayer”, out of the King James Version,
“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 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.”
In my opinion, this is the best prayer we can ever pray, and we should find a way to work it into our lives on a daily basis! By praying this way, Jesus shows us the priority of God’s position above all things, his holiness, and his will. This is before we even get to talking about ourselves, and what we need or want!
I believe that the Lord is pleased when we acknowledge him above our problems and circumstances. I believe he is moved with love to respond to those who honor him and exalt him first!
As the prayer continues, it shifts to us asking God to supply us with our daily needs, and to deliver us from the enemy of our souls. This prayer is a strong and practical weapon to arm ourselves with and it gives attention to each area of our lives. Since there are other kinds of prayers, I believe. That we certainly should be praying in those ways too. But, we should do so in addition to the framework that Jesus sets in place here.
Finally, Jesus tells us in 12 and 13 that we should forgive those who have sinned against us if we want the Lord to forgive us. To be honest, this part is very sobering and brings us face to face with the grace and mercy and loving kindness that God has extended to us. If God has forgiven me of my sins against him, who do I think I am to hold anything against anyone else? This is a hard truth to accept, but it's important because we don't want the Lord to hold forgiveness from us because of unforgiveness that we have hidden in our own hearts.
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