Sunday, December 4, 2011

Inspiration for Today - 4 Dec 11

Have you prayed today?

Many pastors, Sunday School teachers, and various other Bible Studies have taught about the Lord's Prayer. I am not sharing anything new or different. Simply put, some people honestly do not know how to understand. The Lord's Prayer was and is a simple example of how we can speak with our Creator. Does this mean that we should not pray this prayer? Absolutely not! Many times, I have found myself saying this meaningfully to God because it does encompass the basic heart felt requests.

Praise Him, Understand that everything is under His Control and Will, request and thank Him for our daily needs, ask for forgiveness while we forgive others, ask for God's protection especially from Satan and temptation, and closing with more praise - knowing that it is ALL His.

Matthew 6:5-15 (NKJV) "And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, 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 this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.[c]

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

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