“This, then, is how you should 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 today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.'”
Matthew 6:9-13 NIV
A version of this passage may be familiar to you as the Lord’s prayer. It’s the model Jesus gave to His disciples for how to pray. Have you ever paused to consider how encouraging this is? The fact that God’s own Son taught people how to pray shows us several things:
1. It emphasizes the importance of prayer.
Jesus’s time on earth was limited; He was intentional with everything He said, taught, and did. Prayer was a consistent value of His time.
2. It affirms that God hears us.
Jesus demonstrates that as children of God, we have direct access to our heavenly Father through prayer.
3. It reminds us that we can rely on God’s provision and power.
Jesus lived from a place of total dependence on the Father. From daily food to resisting sin, we don’t have to rely on our own strength or striving. God delights in taking care of His children.
Let’s take Jesus’s words to heart and thank Him for giving us this beautiful way to pray.
Join us in prayer today by sharing your favorite aspect of the Lord’s prayer or leaving a personal request. We are honored to link arms as sisters in Christ and pray for one another.
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