Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 16, 2011

The Lord’s Prayer 10

Filed under: Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 1:21 am

 

Mt 6:9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

Mt 6:10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Mt 6:11 Give us today our daily bread.

Mt 6:12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Mt 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

 

Some translations end with “For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Whether Jesus said that or not we do not know.  It is a very good way to end a prayer.  We started with the address, worship, supplication and confession.  We prayed for past, present and future.  It is good to end the prayer with our minds centered again on God and Who He is, giving Him glory.  Notice in verse 9 Jesus said, “This is how you should pray.”  He didn’t say this is what you should pray.  So many people think this prayer is something to memorize and repeat by rote.  They can repeat it without even thinking about what they are saying.  It has become automatic.  Jesus gave us this prayer as an example of how we are to pray.  We are to pray to God the Father and to praise Him and give Him glory.  We are to acknowledge we want His kingdom within us.  We are to ask for our needed provisions, both physical and spiritual.  We are to confess our sins and ask for forgiveness and at the same time forgive all who have hurt us.  We are to ask for direction for our steps and protection from wrong choices.  Then we go back, ending with adoration and worship of our God.  Let us not pray just by rote.  Let us pray with our minds and our hearts with the help of God’s Holy Spirit to guide us.

 

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