Bible Study Lessons, Matthew 6:5-14

The Lords PrayerMany of us as children learned the bedtime prayer; “Now I lay me down to sleep” but, as we became more “mature”, prayer took on a different meaning, at least it did for me.

Jesus taught many things during His ministry including what to do about money, anger & giving to name a few. But, one thing that supersedes all these is learning how to pray for God’s help in these matters.

Read the Scripture below as Jesus uses “The Lords Prayer” to teach us how to pray.

Jesus Teaches How to Pray with The Lord’s Prayer

“When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men.

Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.

But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

“And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.

So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

“Pray, then, in this way:

‘Our Father who is 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 also have forgiven our debtors.

‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’

For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. – Matthew 6:5-14 NASB

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How to Use The Lord’s Prayer

Why Pray in Secret?

Many people of Jesus’ day prayed in public places so that they would be seen by others. I like to think of this as their “fifteen minutes of fame“.

We, as humans like to be recognized for our accomplishments; the Jewish people and leaders were no different.

Jesus says it is much better to go to a private place to pray. This way the prayer is between you and God with no distractions and no possibility to take credit for being a “religious” person in plain view of others.

When to Pray

We can pray anytime or anywhere when the need strikes us but making prayer a part of our daily lives will keep us in touch with God consistently.

Pray while driving or walking – and yes, you can pray with your eyes open. God still hears you.

Set Aside Time

Make an appointment with God to pray on a daily basis and find a quiet place where you will not be interrupted. You will find that your ties with God will strengthen by praying in this way.

Prayer for the Right Reasons

God knows our hearts and minds so when we pray in public and get a feeling of superiority to others who don’t pray in public let’s remember the words of Christ in verse 5 and become humble again.

Chants

The “many words” Jesus speaks of in verses 7 & 8 may refer to chanting.

Repeating the same words over and over as if God is keeping count of how many times a request is made.

God does know what we need before we ask so why pray at all?

Prayer is an effort on our part to let God know that we depend on Him and trust Him with our most inner thoughts and needs.

If we pray sincerely and ask like a little child, God will answer; not always in the way we expect Him to but in a way that is in His will (“Your will be done ..“) for our lives.

Three Answers to Prayer

God normally has three ways to answer our prayer. The answer is ..

  • Yes
  • No
  • Wait

God may answer yes, no, or tell us to be patient as he works his will for our lives – and in the lives of others. You see, the answer not only affects us and God knows what’s best for all concerned.

The Almighty

Lastly, but first in our prayer sequence, let’s remember who we are talking to – this is the mighty God, Creator of the universe – let’s treat Him as such and bow to praise Him first in reverence.

Take a moment now to go back and pray the Lord’s Prayer and ask God to do His will in your life.

I am going back to say this prayer now so please join me.

Love in Christ

– Bob

If you would like to know how to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to see John 3:16 to learn more.

 

Read Today’s Verses Here:

New American Standard Bible

New King James Version

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