Morning Devotion: The Lord’s prayer?

In John chapter 17 we find the Lord Jesus praying. This is the true Lord’s prayer. It is not what people commonly refer to as the Lord’s payer in Matthew 6 and Luke chapter 11. That prayer is not a prayer at all. It is the Lord teaching his disciples how to pray.

Matthew 6:5  ¶And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8  Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 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. Amen.

Of all prayers we can pray, the prayer said in the closet or privacy of the heart and in secret, which the Father sees openly, is the best prayer, because it is just you and God.

I cannot count how many times I have heard people pray and quote Matthew 6:9-11. They quote it rather than pray. God doesn’t want to hear a quote and mundane repetition that has nothing to do with anything. It takes nothing to quote, it takes thought to truly pray.

Verse seven tells us not to use this as a vain repetition. Matthew 6:7  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

In Matthew 6, Jesus was simple giving his disciples an outline of prayer. Let’s look at that prayer for a bit.

“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.”  

Do you pray to God the Father or do you pray to a saint or to Mary? No where in the bible are we told to pray to a saint or to Mary, no where. That is a tradition of men brought forth by a church to turn your heart away from God, for if you can pray to a saint or Mary, why do you need God.

It is the same with salvation, if you can perform religious edicts and commands of the church, why do you need Jesus and His death on the cross, just follow the sacraments. Save yourself. No, the prayer is to God just as salvation is from God through Jesus Christ. There is no other way. 

“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”   

Do you really want God’s kingdom to come to earth? If it does, and it will, read Revelation chapter 19, every sinful thing will be eradicated, every sinner will die and be cast into hell. Jesus will get rid of all those who oppose the truth.

“Give us this day our daily bread.”

Are you willing to trust Jesus on a personal level for your very existence? People have so much that the daily trust is gone. No longer do folks pray daily for daily sustenance whether it be bread or daily strength both spiritually and physically.

“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”

Do you forgive every one or do you have a unforgiveness in your heart? This portion is a prayer for God the Father to forgive you as you forgive others. Do you forgive others? If not, do not expect forgiveness.

Matthew 6:14  For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:”

James 1:13  ¶Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16  Do not err, my beloved brethren.

The way God delivers you from evil is when you walk with God and live in and with the word of God and prayer.

Mt 26:41  Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Proverbs 3:3  Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: 4  So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. 5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7  ¶Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 8  It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

Make everything you do and everything you experience and everything you see and hear, pass before the Lord. In other words, always be in the presence of the Lord. “In all thy ways acknowledge him….”

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook