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01/25/2013

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Praying Properly


"But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to the Father, who is unseen..... Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This then is how you should pray" (Matt.6: 6, 8)

It is obvious that God likes the one on one... In this way there is no confusion about whom we are talking to or for. There is no need for us to display some advanced vocabulary that may make us seem smarter. Its just an old fashioned one on one conversation with our Lord. It is assured that one who spends time in private prayer is praying to be seen of God and not of Man. Many of you are familiar with the words of scripture that follow today's verses. In the next five verses, Jesus lays out for His disciples and us a pattern for us about the way we ought to pray. If Jesus would have wanted us to repeat this prayer every time we prayed, don't you think He would have said: "These are the words you should say?" His words are: "Then this is how you should pray." The ASV says: "Pray then is this way." The KJV reads: "In this manner, pray ye." It is clear that Jesus did not intend this section of verses, known as the Lord's Prayer, to become a liturgy for us. That being said, we are all able to dissect the pattern that Jesus is pointing us toward. Verse nine shows the proper reverence we ought to have toward God. In verse ten we are to pray for the progress of His kingdom here on earth. Verse eleven says that we are to pray for our daily needs, while in verse twelve we are told to ask for forgiveness of sins. In verse thirteen we are to petition God for protection and deliverance, while some versions add a statement of praise to God. Lastly, verses fourteen and fifteen let us know that we need to approach the Father with a merciful and forgiving heart. The privilege of prayer is one of our greatest gifts. Lets do it often and well....

Have a wonderful day... Make a difference... Love mark Phil.4:11

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