Greetings beloved! Last week we started on the topic of prayer and a reminder that we as God’s temple should be a house of prayer,
we should live and breathe prayer. Prayer is our constant communication to God and His key communication channel to us. Prayer is an important pathway to our destinies. It is on the altar of prayer that God guides and directs your footsteps as you develop a deeper relationship with Him, trusting Him to lead you in the way that He has created for you.
Last week we looked at Christ’s teaching on our posture when praying to the Father, learning that prayer from a sincere heart is more potent than that of a show off! God desires to build a deeper relationship with us in prayer. Prayer is the deepest form of fellowship with Him. It’s a me and God only activity! This week we look at the Lord’s prayer and the layout Jesus provided for us.
Our text is taken from Matthew 6:9-13,
9‘Our Father, dwelling in the heavenly realms,
may the glory of your name
be the center on which our lives turn.
10 Manifest your kingdom realm,
and cause your every purpose to be fulfilled on earth,
just as it is fulfilled in heaven.
11 We acknowledge you as our Provider
of all we need each day.
12 Forgive us the wrongs we have done as we ourselves
release forgiveness to those who have wronged us.
13 Rescue us every time we face tribulation
and set us free from evil.
For you are the King who rules
with power and glory forever. Amen.’ (Passion Translation)
I like the Passion Translation of the Lord’s prayer because it symbolizes just how relational prayer is. Understanding that God is everything is key to when you come to Him in prayer.
Acknowledging and thanking Him for His ‘being’ is a key point to the start of any prayer.
The layout is thus;
Verse 9: Acknowledgement of His Power throughout the universe- this is worship of God
Verse 10: Submission to His Will, your desire to see His Will come to pass in your life knowing that His Will is good, perfect and pleasing to you. God’s agenda here on Earth, a prayer for your home, your city and your nation
Verse 11: Acknowledgment of knowing that God is the sole provider of all you need (known and unknown by you). This is buttressed further by Apostle Paul when he says that we have been given all we need that pertains to life and godliness, also when King David in Psalms says that God daily loads us with benefits! Thanking God for this important role is paramount to having and living a life of gratitude and thanksgiving! This is great for your health!!!
Verse 12: Asking for a pure heart towards others because we know that God forgives us too. This also alludes to the scripture text that says we should not allow any root of bitterness to take growth in our heart so our prayers are not hindered. Being forgiving is really for your good!
Verse 13: God our deliverer, the one who fights for us! the one who protects us, our Salvation and Our Jehovah.
I believe the Lord’s prayer symbolizes the different types of prayer one can take to the Father, whether it is of worship (v9), one of forgiveness of sins and the grace to forgive others, renewal of one’s heart, consecration(v12), one of warfare, help, deliverance (v13), one of purpose (v10), one of need (v11) – God our Father is close by waiting to hear from you.
Go ahead and say a prayer now.
Prayer: My Father, my desire is to pray in accordance with your Will for me in Christ Jesus.
Charge of the week: Pray without ceasing. Let your lips give praise to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you in establishing a praying life.
Peace and Love!
Oge Funlola Modie