Friday, July 6, 2018

A mini-lesson on praying

Matthew 6: 7 "And when you pray, don't babble on and on like the pagans, who think God will hear them better if they talk a lot. 8 Don't be like them[1], because your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 You, therefore, pray like this: `Our Father in heaven! May your Name be kept holy. 10 May your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.

11 Give us the food we need today. 12 Forgive us what we have done wrong, as we too have forgiven those who have wronged us. 13 And do not lead us into hard testing[2], but keep us safe from the Evil One. For kingship, power and glory are yours forever. Amen.' (CJB)

{1] It is imperative to keep in mind that prayer is a dialogue with ADONAI; not a monologue. Having a relationship with YHWH is not mere “religion”; it is an actual give-and-take relationship that includes accountability between each individual and YHWH.

{2] YHWH has never led His people into “temptation”; however, He tests and proves them – not for Himself, but for teaching purposes that refine us like silver that reflects Him.. (See Deut. 13:3; Job 1:7-12; and James 1:14). (Some versions use the word “trials” in this passage.)

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