April 17, 2013
What is prayer?
- Is it weird?
- Is it talking to yourself?
- Is it when you’re attacked by a bear? (…see post about bear attack)
The Lord’s Prayer
5 And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
- Prayer is to God, not to man
- The reward is from, and in, God alone, not from man
7 And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9
– Get over the worn out phrases
– Be genuine
Pray then like this:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name. — Precious, worthy, praised
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done, — We want your kingdom here; your goodness and your fullness
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread, — Not too much, not too little [Prov. 30:8-9]
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors. — Only God can forgive our sins – He knows our needs
13 And lead us not into temptation, — Protect us; we want to do less evil
but deliver us from evil.