How To Pray

Matthew 6:9-13

Pray then like this:
“Our Father 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 lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil.

Jesus says for us to use this as a model prayer. He says pray like, or similar to this. He does not say we have to use these exact words for God to hear us. He shows us an example of what we should say, and the subjects we should pray for. There is nothing special about these exact words.

“Our Father in heaven”
Realize that He is our Father. He is our creator. God created everything we know, everything we have, and everything we are. He created everything. Because He created everything, we should want to be closer to Him in times of trouble or hardships, not want to be away from Him. He is our Father Who created all things, knows all things, and can protect us from all things.

“Hallowed be Your name”
The definition of hallowed is holy. God is holy. The definition of holy is to be exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness. God is worthy of our devotion. God our Father, Who created us, is the only one worthy to be praised. He deserves all praise, all honor, and all of our lives.

“Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”
Notice the choice of words Jesus made. ‘Your kingdom come, Your will be done.’ Jesus wants God’s kingdom to come to earth. He did not say to pray for our own kingdom to come, or our own will to be done. Pray for God to deliver His kingdom soon, and for His Will to be done in your life.

“Give us today our daily bread”
God provides for us what we need. We do not have to worry about what you need. Have faith that God will provide for you what you need. This does not mean we can sit around and not work. God may provide us with what we need through a job we may have. Live your life daily for God and He will provide for you what you need.

“Forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors”
Be prepared to forgive those who harm you. God does not tell us, “That guy did kill your friend, so it is okay to not forgive him.” That is not what we are told in the Bible. God tells us to forgive all people. Remember, you have to forgive others to be forgiven yourself. Read Matthew 6:14-15:

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, 
your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 
15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, 
your Father will not forgive your sins.

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”
Pray for God to remove all temptation from you. Satan walks around like a roaring like seeking someone to devour. It is his goal to see Christians fall back to their sinful ways. We will be tempted, and Satan will cause us to fall without God’s help. It does not matter who we are or what we have been through. Pray for God to remove that temptation from you so you will not have to worry about sinning.

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