Let me start by saying that it is an amazing thing to realize that when we read the Gospels, we are reading the very words of Jesus. We have all heard teachers and preachers tell us about God. Some are accurate and some are not when they speak to us about Jesus and what He taught.
Jesus, God in the flesh, is unique as a teacher. His teaching was special because what He said was the actual word of God, not just words of men about God. Jesus came to tell us directly what God expects of us.
So when Jesus teaches us about prayer, we should sit up and take notice. The disciples asked Him to teach them to pray and the result was what we call the Lord’s Prayer. That will be our subject this Sunday as we take a look at Matthew 6:9-13.
The Lord’s Prayer is known by millions of people and the prayer is often quote from rote, like learning the alphabet or some part of mathematics as a child. Consequently, many recite this prayer as a paragraph of empty words almost without any personal meaning at all. Many who quote the prayer do not even understand what they are saying.
Jesus intended the Lord’s Prayer to be so much more than words that were quoted in a worship service on Sunday morning. He did not give this model prayer to us as a script of what we should pray, but rather as an example of how we should pray.
I encourage you to read the Lord’s Prayer a half a dozen times before Sunday and see if you can pick out how Jesus says we are to pray. Understanding this prayer may revolutionize our prayer life and that is exactly what Jesus wants.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday as we continue with this second lesson in this teaching series, “Igniting the Flame - A Mandate for Prayer.”
You are loved in the Lord!