A model for prayer

Jesus tells us that we shouldn’t pray like those who have no hope. In Matthew chapter 6 you will find His model for our prayers. Praying just His model is good but you have to make it yours.

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. 6But 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.

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. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.a
10 Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,b
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,c
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.d

What do I mean when I said “make it yours”? Be specific in your prayer. Tell God what is going on in your world. He knows already if you are a Christian or not, but tell Him how things are. Talk to Him. He is the Creator. He is our Creator and He knows you better than you do! Whatever the problems are or even the praise that you want to thank Him for…just tell Him! He wants to hear from us, good or bad, He loves you and He will hear you.

Jesus made it a point to pray to His Father every morning. He thanked Him for the food that they ate and for the miracles which were performed through Jesus during His ministry by the Father. Our lives would be so much less than they are if God didn’t care for us. I would not want to live in a world or the universe even if God had created all of this and then sat back to watch. Without His influence over everything, including us, the universe would be without life and we would not be here.

The so-called “spark” of Life in everything is God and it is because of His love toward all of His creation that everything is the way it is. The planets are in their orbits, the stars move in their pathways around the galaxy and the galaxies move in relation to one another. It is God Who is the “Clock maker” and it has always been His design which has kept everything in its place. Scientists say that it is gravity and mass which have influence over these things but until God placed these galaxies and stars and planets in their places their mass didn’t matter. Because until He put them there, there was nothing. No time, no light, no mass, no stars, no planets. Other than an empty space there was only God until He said, “Let there be Light!”.

God loves us. Each one of us and until we feel His touch and know that we can’t come to know Him except by believing in Jesus as our Savior we are lost and empty. We feel that there is something we need but without His touch and our faith growing, we don’t know what that something is. Many of us spend years searching for it and we become bitter and angry when we can’t find “it”. The problem is that it isn’t an “it” it is a Person and He is Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer.

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