Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Pattern Of Prayer

When Jesus was on earth, He gave us the pattern on how to pray.
"Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name..."
This emphasized that first and foremost, we should acknowledge the greatness of our Father in heaven.
"your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is on heaven..."
Jesus was teaching us that we should yield to God's will to be done in our lives. It means, absolutely no complaining on whatever happens to our lives.
"Give us today our daily bread..."
He was teaching us to live one day at a time. Not to ask more than we need. Not to be greedy.
"Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors..."
Making sure that we don't harbor any grudges in our hearts and living at peace with others.
"And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one."
Reminding us our frailty and our needs for deliverance from the evil one.
It is not necessary that we utter them word for word. This is just a pattern on how to pray accordingly. For a summary:
*praising God (should always be the foremost)
*yielding to his will
*asking for provision
*asking for forgiveness and
Quoted text from Matthew 6:9-13


Aldhis said...

Happy new year and all the best for 2009, Grace!

I always have a hard time to memorize Lord's Prayer. Your post help me a lot.

Thank you for being Stories of Picture friend throughout 2008!
I hope we will see each other again in 2009!

Denise said...

Such a great post my friend.

Chris said...

God Bless and Happy New Year!

Friendz said...

hey nice post grace!!
Have a nice day!
Advance Happy New Year!!!!

Rajesh said...

wow!! nice post about prayer..great thinking...
God Bless and Happy New Year grace!!

WHITEShadow said...

What a nice pattern, that was Jesus himself praying to the Father. I think another thing we need to think is to close our prayer in the name of Jesus Christ since it is said that He is the only way to the Father. We also need to think that it is not necessarily that we have to kneel while praying, we can say our prayer anytime in such a way that our hearts are in bended knees.