Pray the Lord's Way

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on January 18, 2015
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Matthew 6:1-6 God wants heart, not detached, religious activity. "My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways" (Proverbs 23:26).

Matthew 6:5 and 6
The very first thing that Jesus taught about prayer was not to be a hypocrite.

Verses 7 and 8
Prayers are not to be conducted in a mechanical, mindless fashion. Repetition itself is not the concern, rather vain repetition which is much talking without concern or thought for that which is being said.

Verse 9
"Our Father" - Our prayers are not to some remote, uncaring, and untouchable deity; rather, they are to the ever present, always loving, and approachable Father.

"Which art in Heaven" - Directs our attention to the utter magnificence and might of the One Who is our Father.

Deuteronomy 10:14; Isaiah 40:12; Ephesians 3:20
Humility is the only proper perspective for prayer.

"Hallowed" means to sanctify, to render, or acknowledge as holy.

Isaiah 57:15; Revelation 4:8
Yahweh is holy, holy, holy.

Matthew 6:10
When the Kingdom comes, then His will only will be done.

Verse 11
Each day, we are to pray this prayer. We are to live each day without being distracted by the past or future. Daily bread includes the necessities in the physical and spiritual.

Matthew 6:12
We are told to ask God for His forgiveness at least daily.

1 John 1:9
God is willing to forgive; however, He insists that we also forgive others.

Matthew 6:14; Ephesians 4:32
Forgiving others is not optional if we want God to forgive us.

Matthew 6:13
Lead us not into temptation Matthew 26:41; 2 Peter 2:9

Luke 11:1-4
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