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17, For we are not like so many, who peddle the word of God for profit; but we are speaking in Christ before God as persons of sincerity, as persons sent from God. 2 Corinthians 2

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This Is How To Pray Jun 13, 2014 2 Comments

“And it came to pass, that, as He was praying in a certian place, when He ceased, one of the disciples said to Him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And He said to them, when you pray, say, Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, as in Heaven so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.” (Luke 11:1-4) Jesus does not need to pray like this; we do. We need to know our real Father and worship Him, asking for His rule and will done in His gifting to us in daily living; to be forgiven, led and delivered from the evil one. Jesus is still interceeding . . . the Lord’s Prayer (John17) including us; “They that shall believe”. Paul also uses the same model of prayer. (Ephesians 3) Lord, performance of public prayers is drama poured out for the hearers. Privately Lord, you look into the heart of the performer. Just you and me Lord. When we are asked to pray publicly, may we say what we have already said privately. Praying the same prayers we’ve said in secret, that others may hear our secret being exposed. “The Father which is in secret, shall reward you openly.” (Mt.6:6) “He that dwells in the secret place of the most high shall dwell uder the shadow of the Almighty.” . . . “There shall no evil befall you.” . . . “He shall give His Angels charge over you.” . . . “He shall call upon me, I will be with him in trouble, and honor him.” (Psalm 91:1,10,15) May our prayer be an intimate conversation with you our best friend, Jesus. Oh to love you as much as Our Father does, as you have first loved us. Our need to know to pray as Jesus taught His disciples to pray is the same today. Their need to know how, just like John taught his disciples. What was it in John’s praying that Jesus’ disciples saw that they thought they needed? What was John’s prayer like they desired? Comparing our praying to other saint prayers, would that fulfill our desire to pray? Or, to pray like Jesus taught His disciples to pray? Privately or publicly? Our public life will be transformed if we invest private time with the Almighty. When we have been alone with Jesus, people will know it. Performer, is our walk and talk a performance? “And when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the street, that they may be seen of men, truly I tell you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father which sees you in secret will reward you openly. When you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do; for they think they shall be heard for their much speaking. Therefore, don’t be like them; for your Father knows what things you have need of before you ask Him. After this manner therefore you pray: (an outline) Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven, Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil; For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.” (Matthew 6:5-13) Pattern for praying. (your agenda), Model Prayer. (“When you pray, say . . .” “After this manner, pray . . .”)