Tag: Our Father

Talking to our Father in Heaven

Scripture reading for January 8th: Matthew 6, Psalm 6, Prov. 6 (Reading through the New Testament,  Psalms, and Proverbs one chapter a day, five days each week in 2019–please join me in the trek!)

Key Scriptures: Matthew 6:9-13 “Pray then like this:  “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 also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.””

Jesus taught His disciples a pattern of prayer.  Prayer was not to be empty repetitions and vain babbling.  Prayer is humble and vital communication with a loving Father who hears our every cry.  Prayer declares our alignment with the Father and His will and Word and our dependency on Him for daily provision, protection and deliverance from temptation and the evil one.  Prayer keeps our alignment right with God and others made in their Father’s image.  Prayer is the basic language of the kingdom of heaven.

Faith’s confession:  I believe that my Father in heaven hears and answers prayer.  I am dependent on Him for provision, protection and forgiveness of my sins and forgiving others.  (Action: Search your heart today for unforgiven sins or bitter roots and ask God and/or others for grace to let go and receive restoration.)

Psalm 6:9  “The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord accepts my prayer.”  

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A pattern of powerful prayer!

Scripture reading for January 7th: Matthew 6, Psalms 5:7-12, Proverbs 2:1-8

Jesus was anointed of God by the Holy Spirit to teach.  In this sermon, He taught on prayer, fasting, and giving as well as living a life of contentment instead of worry.  A  life of prayer and generosity will lead to a life of true contentment!  Seeking first God’s kingdom and His righteousness leads to all we need being added to our life by God!  (Matthew 6:38)

Prayer is our conversation and interaction with God the Father who made us and also created the universe.  Sin has broken the relationship and our ability to communicate with God.  We can even try to use prayer, fasting and giving in selfish ways.  They can be all about us and drawing attention to our devotion to God instead of as an act of worship in response to God’s goodness or direction to us.  Motives of the heart are important as we pray or give.

Jesus taught his disciples a model prayer that we call the “Lord’s Prayer”.  Jesus never intended that we just say this prayer in mindless repetition, but taught a timeless pattern of prayer that would help with motives and having a right heart in communicating with God.  The prayer starts with relationship–“Our Father in heaven”.  His very name and title brings reverence and respect–“hallowed be Your Name”.  We are children of our heavenly Father but must show respect as we would for our earthly father (or should).

The next petition concerns a desire for God’s will to be done on earth as in heaven.  This is not fatalism, but an aligning of our wills with God’s will and a recognition that we are open to do His will here on earth and enforce it in our circle of influence by faith.  We are dependent on God, however, for our daily bread and ask for our needs from Him.

Forgiveness is asked for, but with recognition that we must forgive others.  This thought is reinforced, because it is one of the biggest stumbling blocks of our flesh.  We are constantly under temptation and need God’s help and deliverance from the source of temptation, the “evil one”.

These elements are the Lord’s instructions for powerful prayer!  Let’s apply these principles daily as we move forward by Spirit-inspired prayer!

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