Well before I headed off to work, yes…I do have a job, I wanted to upload this. I often wondered when I was younger and I believe there are many who have the same questions I had.
We are taught how to pray throughout the bible, although many of us have no clue. Hmmmmmmm, sad! But don’t feel bad, there are many people within the ministry who don’t know and just wing it or worse yet, pray either based upon indoctrinated beliefs or as a matter of form. That may be worse! I do not promote myself to be the know-all and be-all of everything, nor am I the one true link to God, and I most certainly not promising you a free pass to heaven…as that is both a choice we make of our own free will and a gift from God.
How Should We Pray?
The Lord’s Prayer
Christ said “This, then, is how you should pray:”
“Our Fatherin heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13).
Our Fatherin heavenis a salutation of sorts. We pray to God who is in heaven, someplace we all hope to end up after we have left this plane of existence.
hallowed be your name is making mention of the fact that we all need to be reminded of that God’s name is holy and we must treat it with reverence, respect, and take heed that we will be held liable for its misuse and blasphemies against it and its use. Remember the 3rd Commandment? “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.”(EX 20:7)
your kingdom come here we are seeking God’s kingdom here on earth and our hearts. Perhaps, we are seeking that God’s presence be known to us as well as God’s rule or guidance in our lives.
your will be done on earth as it is in heaven we are seeking God’s will be done here on earth, that God’s will, desires, and guidance are touching our fellow man (our neighbors).
Give us today our daily bread is a request that we are supplied with all that we need for each day, both physically and spiritually. Man is truly a funny creature for this reason – we pray and thank God for our daily necessities, but are often in search for much more something much greater such as wealth, lands, knowledge, to do something great with our lives. But what it comes down to is that first we must be content with who and what we are, yet always striving to be a better person in light of the persona of the Christ. Do you remember the two greatest commandments? (Mark 12:28-34):
· Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. (30)
· Love your neighbor as yourself. (31)
Things were made so much simpler with just two commandments to deal with, what do you think? Studies show we cannot handle much more that 5 things in our minds…10 Commandments…whoa! Too much! The essence of all 10 Commandments are wrapped up in just these two, just think about it for a moment or two.
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors we are constantly asking God’s forgiveness, but we neglect that other part…we must forgive others as quickly as God is willing to forgive us. I am quite forgetful of this which brings to mind the parable of the unmerciful servant (Matt 18:21-35) that kind of brings things to mind, don’t you think?
And lead us not into temptation we ask that we should be spared the temptations that are brought upon us, but we must know that our will power is just like a muscle and the only way to strengthen it is to test it. We each have our own weaknesses but we are given the promise that we can handle whatever is thrown our way (1 Cor 10:13 “…God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear…”)
but deliver us from the evil one is that petition to God that we will not be handed over to evil; whether it be soul or body.
Now there is also the possibility that you are one of the many who are in a prayerful state all the time. I am not quite there yet, but throughout my day I am speaking, or talking, to God. The funny thing about man is that he always thinks of God in terms man can understand. That being said, why not carry on a conversation with your creator with the mindset that God is constantly with you and therefore you can talk to, speak to, or pray to at will? Never know you may set a trend. Always see God as your best friend, the one that you can talk to about anything, bounce ideas off of, etc. Consider God always there any you will not be asking why you were forsaken.
All too often people blame God for abandoning them when it was, in-fact, they who have not spoken to God in quite some time, hmmmmmmmmm… Also, there are a great number of people who have the belief that what I am suggesting is “new age”. No, I would disagree; because of the fact that throughout the bible we are to meditate on God, the Word, etc. Meditation can be a form of prayerfulness as well as thoughtfulness.
I leave the rest to you to ponder, have a grateful weekend! Godspeed to you all!