I say morning prayers with my grandson every morning as we drive to school and I always end it by saying the “Lord’s Prayer”, so called because it is found in Matthew chapter 6 when Jesus tells the disciples to pray according to this instead of vain repetitions. This prayer actually includes everything we need and every time I pray it I can hear my dad singing it in my mind, I’m so glad I have him on my playlist singing it. Anyway, I thought I would remind you of it and tell you all the things that go through my mind as I am praying it along with hearing daddy sing.
For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.
So if He already knows what we need, why do we keep asking over and over again?
In this manner, therefore, pray: He is instructing them to not be so repetitive!
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name. When I am praying with my grandson I say “Holy is Your name” I am not sure young people (or maybe a lot of people) know what “hallowed” even means.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done We are laying our will down and giving Him control of our life.
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. I usually say “Thank you for giving us this day…” because I know that He supplies all my need according to His riches in glory, right?
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors. This is the big one, and to impress on Gabe the importance of this I always say, “Forgive us of our sins exactly like we forgive the people who have sinned against us.
And do not lead us into temptation, Some of need to say that line twice, right?
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen
Jesus goes on to say, emphasizing what He had already said above about forgiving as we forgive!
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
If you want to pray and don’t know how or don’t know what to say, just pray the way Jesus taught His disciples! Have a wonderful Sunday! J