THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Part 12: Jesus Teaches About Prayer
Matthew 6: 5-15
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: We come with Jesus on our hearts and minds. We also realize that many people have many other things that take a priority over Jesus. Evaluate your heart brethren. Decide who is most important in your life. Do not play with God and Christ. You either accept Christ or you deny Him. There is no in-between. However you may fool those in the flesh but the Lord looks through the night and sees in the darkness where there is no moon.
Peace be unto you. To the Church and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.
Brethren at various places in the Gospels we find Jesus teaching about prayer. We will try to note each one of these examples to better understand the Power and Miracle of Prayer. In some cases we will have previously reviewed a particular scripture. However we trust that you will keep in mind the topic at hand as we include other scripture to better understand what is presently up for review. Here we will include all of the verses found here in order to best understand what Jesus is teaching.
Matthew 6: 5-15: “And when thou prayest thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corner of the streets that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.” (Also see Luke 18: 11-12)
The place of prayer is not restricted. However what is taught here is that one should not offer a private prayer in a public place. In other words one should not pray to impress those in the flesh. Also see verse 2 at this place.
6: 6: “But thou, when thou prayest enter into thy closet, and what thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.” (Also see Jeremiah 17: 10)
We can make private or public prayers. However we must be sure that when we offer private prayers we keep it private and not offer the prayer as a means to attract attention and impress the brethren.
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.” (Also see I Kings 18: 26)
Many come praying again to impress and sound good to the brethren. Vain repetitions are things said over and over because the person praying has nothing to say or he seeks to impress the listeners with his words. Thus our prayers should be brief and simple and pertain to the occasion that is presented. For example a prayer for an offering should be exclusive to thanking God for what has been offered to the Church.
6: 8: “Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.”
Praise God He already knows our needs. Thus prayer is not for that purpose. This does not mean that we never note things that we need for we ask to receive. But our mission is to show our faith in Almighty God.
6: 9: “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name.” (Also see Matthew 23: 9; Luke 11: 2).
The example presented here is often mis-applied as a set formula or design for prayer. However there are no set forms are ways to pray noted in scripture. Hallowed here means to note that our Father is holy. Thus there is nothing wrong with noting this in our prayers. Follow us now to several scriptures found at Romans that gives us a cross reference toward a better understanding of what is noted here at Matthew.
At Romans 8 in verses 1-17 Paul teaches us about the Holy Spirit. Our primary verses for a better understanding of Matthew 6: 9 our verses 15 and 16. We will begin there.
Romans 8: 15-16: “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:”
Our main purpose for noting the scripture taken from Romans as it is applied to Matthew 6: 9 is the use of the word Father. The freedom from the law through Christ allowed the Jewish Christians to recognize God as their Father. Thus all that accept Christ have the blessings of God as their Father. We also become the children of God. Thus again we note that God is our Father. God also is in Heaven.
6: 10: “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Also see Psalms 103: 20).
The kingdom as taught by Jesus and John was at hand. Therefore it was near but it had not been set up. Meanwhile we see that this part of the scripture is a distortion when included in a prayer because it has no Biblical base. The prayer for a kingdom to come for the Disciples at this time was scriptural. But to make that prayer today is incorrect because the kingdom is in earth at this time. The phrase “as it is in heaven,” means that God’s rule had been going on for centuries thus this fact is recognized in the prayer. However the disciples sought to pray that this would take place on earth. Therefore we see the Disciples praying that the kingdom would come and that it would come soon as promised by Jesus.
6: 11:” Give us this day our daily bread.” (Also see Proverbs 30: 8).
What is our daily bread? Daily can be described as necessary thus they were (we are) to pray for what we need and not what we desire. The phrase “this day,” thus means we should offer our prayers daily.
6: 12: “And forgive us our debt, as we forgive our debtors.”
We cannot receive the rewards of the Lord if we do not show a forgiving spirit toward others. (See Matthew 18: 23-35 for further notes on this subject).
6: 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. (Also see Luke 22: 40, 46 and John 17: 15).
God will never lead us into sin. Thus the word temptation is used in that sense here. However it means adversity, affliction trouble and evil. Meanwhile we are instructed here to pray that God will lead us through the trials of life. “For thine is the kingdom,” is the realization that God is the Creator. Thus He has the power to lead us through any and all manner of trouble on the earth.
6: 14: “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: “
6: 15: “But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
An explanation for verses 14 and 15 is the same as what we noted at verse 12. However we will note several companion scriptures for further notes here.
Ephesians 4: 32: “And be ye kind one to another tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
God has given us a divine example of forgiveness. Therefore we should take heed to that example and act accordingly toward the brethren.
Colossians 3: 13: “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as “Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”
Brethren we must be willing to follow the example of Christ in forgiving those that have offended us. Thus forgiveness of others is the way toward your own forgiveness by God the Father.
Peace and Golden Paradise, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of Almighty God and Christ Jesus writing for the FreedomJournal Press a God Fearing Free Press 25 July 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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