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Weekly Worship Bulletin Article
October 19, 2014
By Karen Dyer
This , then is how you should pray:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.”
“Our Father” - ‘Our’ reminds us of our relationship and fellowship with other Christians here on earth. He’s not just my God, he is our God. ‘Father’ reminds us of the family relationship of God as the father of his children. He is the head of the family, whom we are to obey.
“Hallowed be your name” - Jesus teaches us to begin our prayers with respect, not requests. We must acknowledge God’s sovereignty and our dependence on him.
“Your Kingdom come, your will be done” - God’s desires must be our desires. If they are not, then we need an alignment. Any prayers that don’t advance the Kingdom or glorify His name are against His will.
“Give us this day our daily bread” - We must ask for God’s provision. God is concerned about our needs, however we must see our concerns in context of God’s higher purposes. As Pastor Keith said Sunday, God’s blessings don’t always come in the way we want them.
“Forgive our debts” - Our prayers depend on the necessity of forgiving one another. If we aren’t forgiving, we cannot live in fellowship with each other or with the Lord.
“Lead us not into temptation” - Satan never ceases trying to take us down. We must pray against these influences; our battle is spiritual not worldly.
Based on the teaching from the Pray31 guidelines
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