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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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Final Thoughts – Bible Verse Tuesday #6


We weren’t sure what you would think about this new style of series but from the response we have received, you have benefited for these shorter, but still relevant and meaningful posts. I myself, who wrote a large chunk of the series, had the chance to talk with a couple of you and ask why you preferred shorter posts. The overall consensus was that as you can read the whole post in your email browser and you don’t need to load a second page if you enjoy the first paragraph, it can be read where ever you are and whenever you like. Also, because the posts are short, you can read them when you just have five minutes or so to wait for something, and still learn something valuable. As this post style was such a success, you can look forward to seeing it again, in another series coming soon.

Going back to the series we are just drawing to a close, I would like to return to the Bible and review what we have learned over the last month or so. There have been five wholesome posts in this series and I hope that you might have learnt something new.

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” – Matthew 4:4

After the introductory first post (#1) , we dived straight into Gods word, starting with the book of 1 Peter, chapter 5, verse 7 (#2). From that verse we learn that as we go away into our place of work, in this busy world of ours, we can tell God about all of our worries that our causing us unnecessary stress and he will take care of them. In the third post (#3), we looked at a famous verse from 2 Timothy and discovered its true meaning. Post number four (#4), was one of contemplation, we encouraged you to think about if you had ever full comprehended the true mean of Philippians 4:13. Finally, the penultimate post in this series (#5) was on two connected verses in Romans 8. Again, this was rather like the aforementioned post,  as we wanted you to try to understand the extent of what Paul is saying.

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