The Lord’s Prayer as found in Matthew 6:9-13 (The Scripture is in italics and the explanation is written beneath it.)
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
The first thing that we do in prayer is acknowledge the awesomeness of God and the holiness of His name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
As we pray, we pray that the will of God be done.As Christians we believe that the tangible and intangible possessions of heaven (ie, resources, joy, peace, love) are attainable to us through prayer and faith in accordance with the will of God. We further understand that there is no shortage in Heaven and Heaven is not in a recession and gas prices are not causing the Lord to reconsider how much He travels to meet the needs of His children.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
When we pray we ask God for what we need. The reference to the daily bread goes all the way back to the children of Israel walking in the wilderness. It is a reclaiming of the faith that says, “No matter what it looks like, I believe that you will give me everything I need today.”
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
This portion of the prayer reminds us that we all have messed up and we need to be patient with others and forgiving of them in the same way that others have to forgive us every day for the things that we do wrong.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
Everyday we need to be asking God to keep us from yielding to temptation and assist us in avoiding evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.
Lastly, we acknowledge that everything is in God’s control, in His power and for His Glory.
Amen simply means, “We agree” or “It is so.”
When dealing with the subject of prayer, you simply need to know that you can say anything you need to and know that your secrets are safe with Him.
He cares for you and you do not have the capacity to shock Him or to tell Him something that He did not already know before you started praying. You do not need big fancy words, just faith that you are being hear by an awesome God for whom nothing is impossible.
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