Making The Lord’s Prayer My Own


Open Bible I’ve heard it said that imitation is the highest form of flattery – I know Christ doesn’t need us to flatter Him, but I don’t think there’s anyone else I’d like to imitate more than Christ Himself.

Originally I’d hoped to start this series last fall, but life had a different plan and I see now that God did too. The points and applications I originally wanted to write about have been taken to an entirely new level because of what’s happened in my life. The journey has been filled with the unexpected and it’s during these times I long for the familiar…so let’s dive in and learn more about how Christ prayed, what He needed, how He approached the throne of His Father…

I can’t wait to hear your insights!  You see, I believe scripture is God-inspired. But scripture remains a bunch of linguistic, grammatical statements until we allow these truths to become actions in our daily life. This can happen in multiple ways, but the foundation of any relationship is communication and prayer is our main source to help us connect with our Heavenly Father.

Before jumping into the first phrase of the Lord’s Prayer, let’s look at what Jesus says about prayer and how it applies to us in the 21st century (I promise future posts will be much shorter – but hang in there – this will make sure we’re all on the same page).

Using Matthew 6:5-14 as our foundation, we are confronted with very clear direction and warnings about how to pray…

“…go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father…” (verse 6)
This directive came in response to what Jesus saw in the hypocritical spiritual leaders of that time. They would stand in a large crowd and pray loudly so everyone could hear them and be in awe of their eloquent speaking and scriptural understanding. We don’t have to be eloquent or spiritually mature to pray to God. Because of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross we can approach the throne of God with confidence (Hebrews 4:16)!  Our exhausted, overwhelmed and sleep-deprived mutterings are not only received, but are welcomed by our Creator. He gets us. He knows what life is like – so all He asks is that our prayers be REAL. For me, verse six sin’t talking about praying in public versus praying in private. It’s about presenting our requests to God because we want to spend time with Him and commune with him. In our room, with the door closed we can be honest, we can be ourselves.

“…do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words…” (verse 7)
Sometimes silence is okay. When words fail, faith prevails. God doesn’t need us to say everything over and over again – He just asks that we approach Him with humility and faith. Our prayers are heard even without words. We can delight in God because He knows the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4). We don’t have to fear Him or constantly pray to get His attention. A prayer whispered by a mother in the quite moments of a dark night receives the same attention as   a prayer from the Pope himself!

“…your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (verse 8)
God is not a wishing well or a bank. God is Creator and Father – He is constantly seeking us out in order to redeem a relationship severed by sin. If God is pursuing us, how do we pursue Him? Through prayer. He knows us better than we know ourselves but He can’t communicate with us if we don’t talk to Him as well. Seeking after God means we aren’t seeking after ourselves. It’s a lifestyle thing. So before we use the excuse that God’s going to do what he wants anyway (so why pray) – we need to remember that God wants to include us in His plans. He wants to hear from us!

I challenge you to make a choice to spend time talking and listening to your Father in Heaven. He loves you, He is FOR you, and most importantly – He’s listening.

Speak your mind, open your heart and if you don’t know where to start – let’s look at our text for this series from Matthew 6:9-13:

“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.”

I may not know your name, but I’m praying for you today!

Do you have a favorite time of day or way of praying that works best for you? Would you mind sharing in the comments section so our readers can enjoy your insight too?

Kasey

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