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Prayer in everyday situations – Part 2

Lords Prayer

This is part 2 of a post we did a couple of days ago and I strongly advise you to go and look at part 1 before reading this post. You can find part 1 here.

In part 1 we talked a little bit about how prayer is like a phone call, in that we phone people through out our daily lives to say thank you, sorry, ask questions and for help. In this post we are going to look into what the Lord’s prayer means to us in modern life.

The lords prayer can be found in the book of Mathew 6, verses 9 to 13.

“This 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.

Jesus states just before saying the Lords prayer, “This is how you should pray”. This is Jesus telling the disciples, that this prayer, is how God wishes they pray. The Lords Prayer is almost a template for prayer. It can be divided into five prayer sections.

       1. Praising God

The first part of the Lords prayer is praising God. It says “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name” This reminds us that we should praise God. Because when you pray you are talking to the creator of the universe.

       2. Praying for God’s work in the world

The next part of the prayer says ” Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” This reminds us to pray that Gods work continues. It also says that your trust should be put in God as we should let his will be done.

       3. Daily Life

Verse 11 says “Give us today our daily bread.” This is telling us to acknowledge the fact that god is our provider. Again this is telling us to put our trust in God and he will provide.

       4. Forgiveness

Verse 12 says  “And forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors.” This is about asking for forgiveness and a reminder about forgiving others.

       5. Daily Struggles

Finally verse 13 says “And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.” God does not deliberately tempt us but he does allow us to be tested by it. This tells us we need to pray for help to resist temptation and Satan.
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Prayer in everyday situations – Part 1

Prayer is the communication between you and God.  As a child it get’s described as a phone call between you and God. I think this is a great description as it reminds you that prayer can be used throughout daily life, anywhere, any place and any time.

We phone people for lots of reasons; to say thank you, sorry, ask questions and for help. We can also pray for all of these. However often things get in the way; family, friends, work and school. Often we forget to pray or just can’t be bothered to take the time out of daily life to pray.

If you look at the bible Jesus takes time out to go and pray. Before Jesus was going to be arrested Jesus prayed to God even upon the cross Jesus prayed. Luke 23,34 says Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Jesus’s final words were a prayer before he died on the cross. Luke 23:46 says “Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit. When he had said this, he breathed his last.” Even when Jesus was in the most excruciating pain he still prayed and talked to God.

The disciples asked Jesus how to pray and he tells them not to pray so everyone will listen and not to think they are better because they have a longer or fancier prayer but to make prayer a personal conversation between them and God.

If you have enjoyed reading this post, then we would thoroughly suggest you take a look our part 2, in which we continue to discuss the topic of prayer.