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August 27th, 2017 -Pastor Keith Cromie

Jesus prayed. In fact, he was and is the authority on prayer. He knew intimately the one to whom he prayed. He was always in perfect alignment with his Father’s will. He was never too busy to pray. He prioritized prayer over sleep. Jesus prayed.

Prayer is easy to talk about. It is harder to do. That is, it is harder to do well, consistently, fervently, and wisely.

Jesus does us all a big favor when it comes to prayer. He gives us a prayer model that allows us to begin with confidence and build with wisdom. This model prayer has been titled, “The Lord’s Prayer” for centuries. Christians around the world have spoken, recited, and implored God with these words more than any others. It isn’t hard to understand why.

The Lord’s Prayer is simple, personal, and comprehensive. A child can speak this prayer while the aged saint explores the mystery and majesty of prayer. Circumstances can influence how we pray this prayer and this prayer can influence how we pray in our circumstances.

Jesus said, “Pray then like this…” and to one degree or another, Jesus’ followers have been doing just that. Not that the praying has come easily, nor that the words haven’t become repetitious in certain seasons of our lives. Nevertheless, the prayer has helped many a struggling worshipper to have words to express their heart’s longings and desires.

Read the words of Jesus with fresh eyes. See the bread and depth of our saviors’ words. Jesus said…

Matt. 6:9 Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name.

10 Your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread,

12 and forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

Matt. 6:14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 

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