Friday, 20 February 2015

Matthew 6:6-13

"But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.  And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.   

  This, then, is how you should pray:

‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
   Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 
   Give us today 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 the evil one.'
Matthew 6:6-13
I love that when we say The Lords Prayer we are praying just as Jesus taught his disciples to pray, isn't that special? When I struggle to find words when I'm praying I repeat The Lords Prayer over and over.
It's the one prayer that almost everyone knows, Christian or not - I guess I must've learnt it in school or Sunday school, and when I was a kid it was just a matter of repeating the same words as everyone else but not giving thought to any meaning behind it.

I'm not always comfortable praying out loud in a group and this passage lets me know that that is ok, its fine to pray quietly on my own if I don't feel able to join in group prayers.
Now I appreciate just how special The Lords Prayer is - hardly a day goes by when I don't pray this prayer.

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