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Who’s On First, Who’s In Space … or What did you say? (Part #2)

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SIH STSTA ICONIn our previous study, we examined the Lord’s teachings on The Proper Preparation for Prayer. (Matt 6:5-8)  We will not begin looking at The Makeup of Our Prayers. (Matt 6:9-13)

THE SCRIPTURE:

And when thou prayest, … For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (Mat 6:5-13)

THE STUDY:

After this manner therefore pray ye:

Please note the Lord never said to recite this prayer.  He makes this plain earlier in the context of this prayer. (Matt 6:7-8 – Please see Part #1 for a further explanation).

If we study the phrase “after this manner” we find that the Greek word for this phrase means “in this way” or “following this pattern”.  It does not mean to “use these words” or “repeat after me”.   He is giving us a “pattern” for us to follow as we pray.

As we pray we should express… 

#1 – Our Reverence Of Him

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

We need to recognize His greatness and express that greatness and what it means to us.  In this example Christ is centering on the Father’s greatness by expressing the need for His name to be treated as higher than all other names. “… Stand up and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise. “  (Neh 9:5)

#2 – Our Desire For His Will To Be Done Above All Else

 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

These two phrases are simply repeating the same point twice:

“Thy kingdom come” – let your kingly rule take perfect control of all things.

“Thy will be done… heaven” – His will is being done perfectly in heaven… we are to desire the same here on earth.

 This has two implications as we pray…

First, we are to desire His will to be done in any issues we bring to Him.

We should follow the perfect example of Christ, who prayed as He sought for the crucifixtion to be taken from Him… “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. “ (Mat 26:39)

Secondly, we should be willing to do whatever He may reveal to us as we seek His guidance for our lives.

Again, we are to follow Christ’s perfect example for us… “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” (Joh 4:34)

 #3 – Our Physical Needs

Give us this day our daily bread.

We are to bring all of our physical needs before Him;  our financial, health, and vocational needs, to name a few.

 #4 – Our Spiritual Needs

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

We are to bring before Him our need of forgiveness and our need to treat others as the Lord would treat us.   Repentance for known private, and public, sin in our lives should be dealt with during our prayers. Also, the need for others should be addressed in our prayers.

 #5 – His Leadership For Our Life

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

Acknowledge His sovereignty over all events in our lives and the activities of Satan and demons.  Especially, seek to avoid situations of temptations, relying on His leadership to detour us.

 #6 – Verbally Praise and Glorify Him

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Our prayer is to be made with God’s glory in mind.  Everything that a Christian does is to be done in faith, for God’s glory.  (Roms 14:23, Roms 11:36)  This is the main difference between the sinful moral acts of a lost man and the God pleasing acts of His saints. (Isa 64:6, Eph 2:2)

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION

Prayer is not as complicated as we want to make it… it is simply, honestly, recognizing His greatness and then, by grace, speaking to Him by opening up ourselves and seeking to hear and follow His instructions.

Prayer should be more like approaching a King who is our brother or father.  Approach Him with reverence as God and King, but knowing He is sympathetic towards our every fault and need.

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. “ (1Pe 5:6-7)

To see this lesson taught on video please go to my Video Blog at  http://www.youtube.com/settledinheaven

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6 Comments

  1. Thanks for a meaningful post.
    It is so easy to recite this prayer without really thinking through what we are saying or praying.
    May God continue to bless you and your ministry.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      I think, at times we all struggle with going through the motions of prayer without sincerely speaking to our Lord from the heart. I trust the Lord will use your books for His glory and our edification. May the Lord continue to bless your writing ministry

  2. Paul says:

    Hi brother Rob:

    Thanks for the post reminder of how we should pray. I have heard it couple of times before about how not to repeat what Jesus said. Another way to remember how to pray as I was told many times is follow ACTS: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. There is really no specific order but to serve as a guide to remember by. Thanks for the wonderful reminder about prayer.

    Blessings,
    Paul

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Paul,

      I appreciate your comments, thank you. In today’s time prayer is incredibly important, and yet, there is much misunderstanding about it. I’m going to try to write more on the subject of prayer in 2011. Thanks ALOT for the ACTS anagram. It is a great addition to my posting. If you think about it… the four aspects of ACTS does cover about everything the Lord taught in Matt 6:.

      I’m continuing to enjoy your art/teaching blog. You’ve been really hitting on some issues that needs to be brought ot our attention. May the Lord continue to bless you.

  3. PJ says:

    Hey Rob! The Lord must be really dealing with people about prayer. I don’t know if you read my post on October 1, but I wrote an explanatory post about the Lord’s Prayer. It wasn’t as fancy, but it still got the point across. How neat! I love it when “great minds think alike” LOL! He must really want to get the word out about praying. That should wake people up. We need to stop going through the motions and get to the meat of the matter. They don’t realize that there is more to praying then saying, “I want, I need, Help me”. Prayer is meant to be a conversation and a connection with God. Not just a grocery list. People take it for granted. Oops! There I go getting on my soapbox. Sorry! Anyway, thank you for stopping by my blog. Speaking of taking for granted most don’t think about how lucky we are to be adopted by the Father, to be heirs to His kingdom. It’s like you say something on that subject and they look at you as if to say “and your point?” I want to jump and shout it from the roof top because of where he brought me from!

    God Bless!
    PJ

    • Rob Barkman says:

      PJ,

      October 1st mut have been prayer day, that’s when I posted part 1 in the prayer series as a well! I’m with you, I thik the Lord is calling out His people to pray. With our country facing a very uncertain future and the elections coming up soon, we all need to be on our knees asking the Lord for guidance. I really apprecaite you understanding prayer is actually meant to be communion with the Lord (a two way conversation)… it is not meant for requests only. I try to catch every new post, but I missed Oct 1st because I was writing and posting to mine that day. It keeps me busy on the days that I post… I’ll be taking a look at your posting very soon. Thanks again for a great comment and a great blog! May the Lord continue to bless you and your ministry!

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