Matthew 6 says,
5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
So if this is the wrong way to pray…what is the right way?
We are told in Matthew 6, it is our prayers in secret, God honors.
I have read of saints who spent hours in prayer and I think –I will never be able to pray like that. My life is so full. So I find it comforting that when the disciples asked Jesus in Luke 11 how to pray, Jesus did not answer with a long winded 10 page discourse.
He answered with the Lord’s Prayer.
Is the prayer that Jesus prayed, one that we are to memorize and pray over and over daily?
In Matthew 6, Jesus said to not use meaningless repetitions in prayer. But rather, we are to pray “in this way.”
The Lord’s Prayer is an example, model and pattern for our prayer lives.
In the video below I go line by line through the Lord’s Prayer (this video was recorded a few years ago when we went through the Lord’s Prayer from the book of Luke). I explain how to apply each line to our lives.
(If you do not see this video – click here to view it)
Isn’t it amazing to think that when we follow Jesus’ model for prayer, sentence by sentence, we have included every element of prayer! That’s it – this is how we should pray!
So let’s get to it friends! Talk to your Father…He’s waiting.
Walk with the King,
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