Communicating with God

ourfather2The following is regarding your personal prayer, praying for others and intercessory prayer, is something else.

Matthew 6:8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 In this manner, therefore, 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 this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 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.

In Matthew 6 Jesus gave us a form of prayer.  You can say it as is, or you can modify and add two it. But do note very little of this prayer deals with what we need, and none of it deals with what we want.

Jesus continues to tell us that God knows what we need and what we want, and if only we will put our eyes on the Father, everything else will be taken care of

Matthew 6: 25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

This prayer is broken up into 5 parts

Part 1

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.

Acknowledging that God is God, that he is superior, above us in all things, and in this way we humble ourselves before Him.  As the bible says God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. So first in prayer is putting ourselves in a position of humility. But more than that..this Almighty God is no stranger to us, He is no task master. He is our Father. He cares for us. He loves us, and we come to him not as supplicants or slaves, but as children

Part 2
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.

Placing yourself into obedience to God. Allowing HIS will to be preeminent in our lives.  THY WILL BE DONE….and again the words were said by Jesus as he faced death, “not my will but thine be done”. Obedience to the will of God, in all things

Part 3
11 Give us this day our daily bread.

Our needs, simple short and complete. Give us what we need Lord, and leaving what that is to him.

Part 4
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.

Cleanse us from our sins, forgive us our error, make us right and holy with you God. And as you forgive us, we will forgive, that is forego the right to punish, others

Part 5
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.

Help us in our walk, help keep us holy, and upright as we walk each day, knowing that while we may stumble on a daily basis, like the Mannah that sustain your people, your mercies are new every morning

And finally the reason why we pray, because He is in control, He can provide and to His Glory He will provide
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

So take heart people of God, and do not worry.  God has you in his hands and He will provide.