Monday, April 10, 2017

God Already Knows What You Need!

Day 34 Matthew 6:8-13

Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name 10 your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’

While Jesus gives instruction on “why” we pray, he also gives them a model of “how” we should pray. This is what is known as the “Lord’s Prayer”, because it is the one Jesus gave to us to use.  It would behoove us to use this prayer, study it, and find new ways to practice it daily. After all, Jesus said, “This is then how you should pray.”  While there are all sorts of ways to pray, most prayer is grounded in the six petitions of the Lord’s Prayer.  As you pray this Lenten season, consider using the Lord’s prayer as a model. Write each petition on a piece of paper and think about what that petition means to you, and how you might apply it in your life that day! You will find that this will help you to have new insight into why the prayer Jesus gave his disciples is still so powerful today. 

Jesus thanks for this prayer you have given us to talk with our Father in heaven. As we pray it renew our relationship with Him and teach us to pray in deeper ways. Amen. 

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