Matthew 6:9-13

Pray Like This – Matthew 6:9-13

Matthew 6:9-13

  • 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
  • 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
  • 11 Give us this day our daily bread.
  • 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
  • 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.
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Today's lesson on Pray like this is found in Matthew 6:9-13
Matthew 6:9-13

Matthew 6:9-13

Did The Lord tell us to pray this particular prayer everyday? No! He told us to pray like this.

Every morning in public school, our entire class recited the Lord’s prayer. Because of the repetition I learned a bit about God. As a result of repeating the prayer daily, I came to understand that God was wonderful and even though he is in Heaven, he still looks after us. More importantly, I realized there was so much more to learn about God.

9 After this manner therefore pray ye:

Our Father which art in heaven,

  • Those who have accepted God recognize and know without a doubt, that He is the creator of all heavens and earth.
  • God is not a mere man but, is our Father who abides in Heaven.
  • He is the one who created us with the very breath from his lungs.
  • He is the supreme being, the great I Am, and his name is holy.

Hallowed be thy name.

  • In Biblical times a given name said something about the character of the person or their situation.(Genesis 17)
  • God changed some people’s names to ones that would better suit them or their new station in life.
  • That is, he gave them a name to instill a new vision for themselves.
  • Examples: Abram = Abraham, Sarai = Sarah, Jacob = Israel, Simon = Cephas means Peter.

The word “hallowed” means holy.

  • People know God by many different names.
  • However, no matter which of his titles we use, the name of God is always holy.
  • Holy means immaculate, complete in moral character, perfectly pure.
  • So, hallowed (holy) is the character of God, the Supreme being.
  • God’s name sanctified (set apart) from everything else.
  • When we enter into prayer, the first thing we should do is to praise and glorify the name of God.
  • In ending the prayer we must be thankful that he is the one and only, that will reign forever and ever.
  • Furthermore, we must never attach the word “holy” to anything that isn’t perfectly pure. (Example: holy crow)

10 Thy kingdom come.

  • God’s kingdom is already here on earth, but it is not totally fulfilled yet.
  • The earth will be completely reformed before God brings his heavenly kingdom here.
  • When we pray for God’s kingdom to come, we are praying for the future day when God’s kingdom does come to earth.

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

  • We need to understand that God has the right to rule the heaven’s and earth as he see’s fit.
  • For God’s will to be accomplished in earth, we must turn our own desires to be like his will.
  • When Jesus was on this earth, even he lived by God’s will.

John 5:30

  • 30I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

Luke 42:22 King David knew we should live by God’s will.

Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

Psalm 40:8

8I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

  • To live by God’s will right now is to obey his commands.
  • By praying for God’s will, we are asking for his help to live in a way honouring him.
  • The ones who have the way of salvation, have obeyed God’s will.
  • When we pray “in earth as it is in heaven” we are in fact, positioning ourselves with God’s will.

Yes, God wants us to pray

  • We are to pray about everything and for everyone.
  • Not just to pray for our own benefit.
  • Prayers are not a magic wish.
  • Many prayers are greedy, and are not aligned to God’s will.
  • When we pray for our daily bread, we are to be asking for our prayers to be lined up with the will of God.
  • Can we pray for ourselves? Of course, but are we asking out of need or want?

Pray According to God’s Will

  • Many people believe that whatever we pray for, we will receive. That is not true.
  • However, a number of times I have prayed for a want and God has given it to me.
  • Later, I have found out that it was a big mistake to have received it.
  • So the old adage applies – Sometimes be careful what you wish for, because you may just get it!
  • When we pray according to God’s will, we must trust that God will fulfill our requests.
  • Give it over to him, and then let it go.
  • We can live in peace knowing that our prayers will be met.
  • It is important to understand that what we are praying for, may or may not come to fruition at all.
  • Or even in our time frame.
  • However, if it’s according to God’s will, it will be fulfilled in God’s time frame.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

  • So what really is our daily bread?
  • In today’s world, man is obsessed by wants and needs.
  • Bread = food or provision. What do we call the bread winner? = person who makes money.
  • Therefore we can say bread relates to the things we need to live and to survive.
  • Unfortunately, today many people live by what they have accumulated themselves. And/or what they are aiming to have.
  • However, we are supposed to lean on God to fulfill all of our needs.
  • Asking God for our daily bread shows that we know that we are dependent upon him.
  • Daily bread – is how God looks after us…daily.
  • Without the creator of the heavens and the earth, we could not survive.
  • It is by God that we receive food, water, and everything we need.
  • So, we are to ask daily. Not to look to the past or even into the future.
  • Ask today for what we need today!

Bread alone is not enough

  • In John 6:35 we see Jesus as the bread of life.
  • 35And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
  • Those who believe in Christ’s work on the cross, will be raised from eternal death and receive life eternal with God.
  • Our heavenly Father gives us everything we need for our spiritual bodies.
  • God also sent the Holy Spirit to us as a helper.
  • He leads, teaches, and convicts Christians of God’s words and truth.
  • Also convicting and intercedes for us.
  • So, when we pray daily for bread of life, we should not be praying just for ourselves but for others to also come to the knowledge of God.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

  • Do you find it difficult to forgive others?
  • By holding back our forgiveness, we in fact, are elevating ourselves above that person.
  • We tend to think “how could they do something like that”.
  • We reason that forgiveness shouldn’t be given because the sin was too great.
  • How easy it is to find fault with others, but don’t acknowledge the sins we ourselves are holding?
  • When we surrender our lives to God, through Jesus, he forgives all of our sins.
  • It’s our duty to forgive others, in the manner God forgive us.
  • Matthew 7: 3-5 What’s In Your Eye?
  • Matthew 5:23-24 Forgiveness Conquers Sin
  • Subsequently if we forgive others for the things they do wrong then our Father in heaven will also forgive us.
  • However, if we do not forgive the wrongs of others, the our Father will not forgive the wrong things that we do.
  • When we don’t forgive others, we hinder our closeness to God.

13 And lead us not into temptation,

  • As humans, we naturally gravitate towards many things that are not good for us.
  • The world can be very tempting. Satan and his demons just love to pull us in.
  • God will never lead us into temptation but, sometimes for our own good, God will allow it.
  • However, we can avoid most temptations on our own just by standing strong in Christ.

But deliver us from evil:

  • We can ask God to steer us away from the temptation.
  • However, if we go through the trial, we can come out the other side of it, with God-given strength.
  • The Bible has given us many examples of how to do just that.
  • Use God’s own words against Satan Philippians 4:13
  • Employ the authority of Christ to fight the enemy. Luke 10:19
  • Put on the armour of God. Ephesians 6:11-18

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.

  • Jesus taught the disciples to pray in a certain manner.
  • And now generations later we still us the prayer as a demonstration of how to pray.
  • At the end of the Lord’s prayer Jesus instructs that we must end with giving God the praise and glory he rightly deserves.
  • That is, the focus of our prayer is to be on God and how awesome he is.

From God’s Throne

  • From his throne, God handles all the affairs of the heaven’s and the earth.
  • “For thine is the kingdom” God is the King of all kings. All kingdoms belong to God.
  • “And the power” God is the creator of all heavens and earth therefore all power belongs to God.
  • Because God is the creator, he deserves all of the glory.
  • And our praises should be given freely and with thanks.
  • Both today and through-out all eternity.

As I grew in my faith, I learned that the Lord God was the one supplying all the good in my life. More importantly I grew to love that he is my awesome Heavenly Father. And, absolutely so very worthy of everyone’s praise and worship both now and into eternity.

We should ask for the Lords help when facing a temptation. He is the one who has the power to lead me away from evil because he and he alone is GOD, the one with the supreme power.

It is our duty and distinct privilege to give praise, honour, glory and thanks to our heavenly Father, God!

Pray like this. Matthew 6:9-13
Matthew 6:9-13

My Prayer for Matthew 6:9-13

Heavenly Father,

You are the Lord God, our maker and righteousness. Without you Father, nothing would exist.

Thank you Lord that we have your words of the Bible to teach us about you.

As a child it was wonderful to repeat this particular prayer everyday because even though I had no idea at all of what I was saying, the words were being imbedded into my heart.

As I grew older and started to know you, I used this particular prayer to talk to you. It covered all of the aspects that were needed to be covered in my day.

Once I became a Christian, I finally learned how to pray in others ways. I am thankful that I now understand that you don’t want me to say the same words over and over again. Why? Because after a few times, the prayer just becomes repetitive words and then I am not even paying attention to what I am praying.

I Give Thanks

I do thank you Father for the privilege of learning it in school. It was the beginning of a lifetime loving you. I pray Father that although scripture is no longer allowed in schools, that every child will have the opportunity through other ways to hear and learn what a wonderful Father you are. Furthermore, how you meet our needs daily and you do all of this for your love for us.

You are the awesome Eternal King. You are worthy to be praised. All for your Glory Lord. All for your Glory!

In the name of Jesus, the Lord and Saviour of my life, I pray. Amen

This prayer is also in Luke 11:1-4

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