Friday, December 3, 2021
7-13 “The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:
Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.
-Matthew 6:7-13 The Message
Verse 7: “And when you are praying, do not use thoughtless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard because of their many words.
Verse 8: So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
Verses 7-8 studies: Have you ever listened to people that repeat themselves? Have you noticed they don’t pay attention when repeating themselves? When we pray to God, we shouldn’t pray the same words over and over again. It’s not promised that God will hear your prayers. It is not wrong to come to God with the same requests. Jesus encourages persistent prayers. But Jesus condemns shallow repetitions of words not in a sincere way. We can never pray too much if our prayers are honest and sincere. Before you pray, make sure you mean what you say.
The Lord’s Prayer
Verse 9: “Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father, who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Verse 10: Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Verse 11: Give us this day our daily bread.
Verse 12: And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Verse 13: And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’
Verse 9 study: This is the beginning of the Lord’s Prayer; it is called the Lord’s Prayer because Jesus gave it to the disciples. It’s a pattern for our prayers. Praise God, pray for his work in the world, daily needs, and daily struggles.
The phrase “Our Father who is in heaven” indicates that God is majestic and holy. He is also loving and personal. The first line of this prayer is a statement of praise and commitment to hallow or honor God’s name. We can use God’s name by being careful to use it personally. If we use God’s name lightly, we do not remember God’s holiness.
Verse 10 study: “Your kingdom come” refers to God’s spiritual reign, not Israel’s freedom from Rome. God’s kingdom was not announced in the covenant with Abraham (8:11; Luke 13:28), is present in Christ’s reign in believers’ hearts (Luke 17:21), and will be complete when all evil is destroyed. After that, God establishes heaven and earth (Revelation 21:1).
Verse 11 study: “Give us this day our daily bread,” we acknowledge that God is our provider and sustainer. It’s a misconception to think that we provide for our needs ourselves. We have to trust God daily to provide what we need.
Verse 13 study: The temptations that arise, God do not lead us to. However, we can be tested by temptation through him. This is why as disciples and followers, we should pray to be delivered from these trying times and for deliverance from evil, meaning Satan and his deceit. As Christians, we will struggle with temptation. It’s important to be subtle because we may not realize what is happening to us. God promised us that he won’t allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). Take the time to ask God to help you recognize temptation and give you strength to overcome it and can choose God’s way instead.
Father, thank you for the structured prayer of the Lord’s prayer. The lesson in how to pray is vital because we don’t want to be short with you. Our prayers have to be in detail with what we ask for. So I pray today that we can take this lesson, be detailed with our prayers when we pray. It can be personal such as an addiction, or work, such as a struggle with work or someone at work. Thank you for this lesson. In Jesus’ name. Amen.