The Lord’s Prayer was simply put and example of how to pray. Matthew 6:9 Jesus stated “This, then, is how you should pray” an example of how to, not always pray these words. The reason being, God wants to hear you pray the thanks and praise, the desires of your heart, the hurt and sorrow that resides within, the desire for guidance, and the blessings you give to others. God also desires you to do so in seclusion or away from others. All too many people believe their prayers will be heard over others because they are so boisterous, or use big $64,000 words, or due to the fact that they use so many words. Might I suggest that you just keep it simple, to the point, and humble?
I was born into the Roman Catholic faith and I had a great many problems understanding what was going on. I am not one to just blindly follow and I especially had a problem with the Priests essentially scaring me from ever reading the bible. One Priest essentially told us we were too stupid to understand it. I had to wonder, was God so harsh a creator that God didn’t want we little people to read and understand the word left to man? Were we to just blindly follow whatever the Priest told us? (That did not sit well with me.) There were plenty of people I know that did not have those problems I had, growing up. God uses everyone to accomplish all things. Consider Judas – he had a part in God’s plan. Later in life, I converted to Pentecostal, but had some issues there with both dogma, doctrine, and the church leadership acting in a way contrary to the tenets of the bible. I claim no religion, because each religion, despite what is stated, tends to follow doctrine or dogma rather than the biblical dictates. It is not a religion you seek, but rather a relationship with God. This is one reason I always say you must be willing to test & question your faith and be willing to change it in light of new information, within the context of the bible. Always question what others tell you are stated in the bible and you MUST, MUST, MUST always research it. I have heard many say that “God helps those who help themselves” was in the bible, but it is spoken in the Bhagavad Gita. Apparently, they just accepted what someone else had told them.
If you always pray the Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary’s, etc. what exactly are you doing? What exactly are you asking of God? Praying in such a way (and I mean no disrespect as this is my opinion – God gave us those, too!) becomes more of an indoctrinated faith and a robotic exercise, or “babbling like pagans” or as the “hypocrites”. [Matt 6:5-7] God knows all that you need before you even ask of it.
You can pray anytime and you can pray all of the time, just keep God centered in your heart! In doing so, your life will become God centered.
Godspeed & God bless my friends!
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!