June 5, 2015


The Model Prayer
“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.  But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.  And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.  In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

I was thinking this morning about the Lord’s prayer. It’s something that probably most of us have memorized at some point and it flows nicely off the tongue. But I think to actually practice it is anything but easy. The core of our human flesh wants to be in control. If we’re honest, two of the hardest things for us is “surrendering and trusting”.

We want quick fixes and we want it now! With God there is an element of “waiting” that goes against all of our modern culture of today in this instant society we live in. But to truly pray “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” demands a waiting to find out His will, surrendering to what it is (sometimes hearing “no”) and a trusting that His ways are higher than ours and that He may have an answer and solution that is so far greater than what we imagined. I don’t know about you, but I want to go deeper and experience a whole new level of this most perfect prayer.

God bless you and hope you have a great and growing day!


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