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.
9 “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.
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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