Prayers of The Bible
For our second week of this series, our very own Judah Legaree, grade 12, taught us from Matthew chapter 6. You may be somewhat familiar with The Lord’s Prayer. In verses 5-13 in particular, Jesus is teaching the Jewish crowds as well as his disciples about how and how not to pray.
Judah walked through each verse and pointed out some of the important truths God has given to us to be treasured. For example, we are not just praying to some god who is far away or busy or doesn’t care for us. We are praying to God our Father (v.9)…OUR FATHER! Those of us who have trusted in Jesus for the forgiveness of sins are now God’s children. This ought to have a profound impact on the way we approach God when we pray. We are talking to the one who loves us most, and who knows what we truly need versus what we think we need as children.
In light of our relationship to God as his children, he begins to transform our hearts so that we ultimately desire the things of God more than the things of the world. This is why Jesus teaches us to ask for God’s kingdom to come and his will to be done on earth (v.10).
When God frees us from the desires of this world, we learn contentment and to trust that he will provide. Asking for our “daily bread” is truly a thankful acknowledgment that God has already been providing for our needs, and we simply ask for the same simple blessings each day. When we are confident that he will always give us what we need, we can give more of ourselves to lives of godliness. This means repenting of our sins, seeking forgiveness, showing forgiveness, and relying on God to guard us from continuing to sin.
This prayer that Jesus taught us really simplifies the heart of prayer: to talk to our Father, desire what he desires, trust him to provide, ask for forgiveness, forgive others, and strive to live godly lives. Let’s follow the example of Jesus and spend time talking with our Father about all of the things in our lives, echoing the themes of
A few observations from Judah on verses 5-8:
- Prayer is not about how we appear before other people. It is about our relationship with God through Jesus.
- Prayer is not about mindless repetition or many words. It is about our heart continually being shaped by God. We pray from what we know and have learned, and God continues to teach and grow us, which further influences how we pray.