THE LORD’S PRAYER/THE PATTERN PRAYER

Over the next few weeks I am going to be posting the LORD’S prayer and we are going to be looking at verse by verse as to what it means.

Some times you will see this prayer called: The LORD’S Prayer, The Pattern Prayer, The Model Prayer, It has even been called, The Disciples Prayer.

I know it best as The LORD’S Prayer!

In Matthews Gospel Chapter:6, JESUS is talking about prayer and tells us how we should pray. In verse:5 he tells us not to be like the hypocrites who do their praying in site of others:

And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corner of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

                                                                                                 Matt:6:5 nkj

He then goes on to tell us in verse:6

But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly“.

                                                                                             Matt:6:6nkjv

This is not because GOD is shy! It is so that we can focus on GOD and concentrate on talking to Him. That is what we are really doing when we pray, we are talking to GOD.

JESUS goes on to tell us in verse:7 not to use repetitive words,

But when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

Matt:6:7nkjv

We should talk to GOD just like we are talking to someone we know. The reason we pray is so we may have fellowship with GOD, by do so we learn to rely on Him, GOD already knows what we need Verse:8

Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him

Matt:6:8nkjv

When we pray we are taking our Needs not our Wants to GOD!

For those of us who think we do not know how to pray JESUS goes on to give us a pattern or a example of how we should 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.

Matt:6:9-13nkjv

Many of us would have learnt this prayer in school, and now we say it and it just rolls of our tongues without us even thinking of what we are saying. I pray that as we unfold this prayer over the next few weeks, those of us who use it will stop and think what we are really saying.

(Scripture taken from the New King James Version®

Copyright© 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. used by permission.

All rights reserved.)

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Alex

WHAT IS PRAYER?

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As Christians we are taught to take all our needs to GOD in prayer.

You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”

Matthew:21:22

Those are the words of JESUS!

SO WHAT IS PRAYER?

Here is a list of what I consider Prayer is and what we can get from it.

PRAYER IS!

The method by which GOD meets our needs!

Prayer: Comforts us in our time of trials and heartache!

Prayer: Builds an intimate relationship with GOD!

Prayer: Strengthens us in time of temptation!

Prayer: Cleanses us from all unrighteousness:

Prayer: Is the source of guidance for direction!

Prayer: Helps us understand GOD’S word!

Prayer: Is a shield against anxiety and worry!

Prayer: Gives us courage and confidence when facing life’s challenges!

Prayer: Is a source of healing, both emotional and physical!

Prayer: Is were we receive the power of the Holy Spirit!

Prayer: Allows us to affect the life of anyone in the world!

 

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COMMUNITY WITH EACH OTHER: REACHING OUT TO OTHERS:

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But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”

Matt:5: . NKJV

These are the words of JESUS in His sermon on the mount which is recorded in the Gospel of Matthew.

 

GOD BLESSES US SO WE MAY BLESS OTHERS!

 

May I ask you a question?

How would you react to the following?

 

I do not doubt that if you met these children you would love them just the way we did when we served and played with them in the slums of Ecuador. The first picture is of four boys we called the four amigo’s, because they were always together.

The picture on the top right is a member of the team surveying the village from the roadside.

The bottom left picture is me with two sisters who became my shadow through out the four weeks we lived with them.

The bottom right picture is what their village was,

IT WAS A COMMUNAL DUMP

The question is will you love me?

Now I would like to give you another everyday scenario:

Meet our colorful characters that live on our streets!

WHO GOES SHOPPING IN THE CITY?

Yes I thought so all of us! In that case we have all met the group of people above.

What is your reaction when you see them?

 

Or what would your reaction be if one of them dare come up to you and speak to you?

Would you read them the riot act and tell them to go get a job?

Would you point them to the nearest homeless shelter were there are people who will give them a hot meal?

Do you give them money? (by the way this is not a wise decision because they may go spend it on either booze or drugs whatever their tipple happens to be.

Or would you pop into McDonald and buy them a big mac?

That last option is the one which would most benefit them!

 

Whilst on holiday in Seattle a couple of years ago my wife and I were approached by one of these gentlemen and he was asking for money, before we could do anything a young lady walked up to him and gave him a hot meal which she had just bought for him, he immediately threw it away saying I don’t want food I want money, so he ended up getting neither.

THEIR QUESTION IS THE SAME AS THE FIRST QUESTION ASKED!

WILL YOU LOVE ME?

Here is my next scenario !

Yes you have all been here if you drive!

Imagine M6 motorway, I5 interstate or the Autobahn on a holiday weekend and yes it has road works on it so there are large traffic ques. Then you see the top right hand picture informing you that one lane is closing.

Bottom left hand picture along comes my brother who is determined he is going to get into the same lane as you right in front of you. Maybe your reaction is or was the same as the picture in the bottom left hand corner!

THE QUESTION IS WILL YOU LOVE ME?

My next scenario is one of friendship:

We all have best friends I assume and a best friend is someone who loves you when you forget to love yourself. But like all things in life not all friendships run smooth and friends fallout.

Maybe they offended you or you insulted them whatever the cause some friendships end up broken of even ended.

 

THE QUESTION REMAINS THE SAME:

WILL YOU LOVE ME?

My Final Scenario is one which has just been world-wide news, it was the bombing in Manchester:

Can we ever love someone who takes away innocent lives at the drop of a hat

Well let’s not listen to what anyone else would say, let’s listen to JESUS!

I have based my answer on Matt:18:21-35

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus said to him, I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. 23 Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ 27 Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.

28 But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down at his feet[d] and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all. 30 And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. 3Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you? 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.

35 So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.

(Scripture taken from the New King James Version®

Copyright© 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. used by permission.

All rights reserved.)

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Blessings

 

Alex