7 “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. 8 Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! 9 Pray like this:
Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
10 May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today the food we need,
12 and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
13 And don’t let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.
14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Matthew 6:7-15 (NLT)
Jesus’ words here seem so simple but it is much harder to live them than to read them. This simple prayer isn’t some magic formula and I don’t even think Jesus was teaching as a prayer for us to recite (although I don’t think it’s wrong to do so). I believe he was trying to demonstrate the attitude we should have when we pray.
We should begin with worshipful reverence to God. We should trust that He wants the best for us and that His will bring that about. We should have faith and believe that He will sustain us. We should show that we understand His forgiveness by forgiving others. We should also believe that He will deliver us from our Enemy.
Once again, that is easy for me to type as I sit here in my office. It’s much harder to put it into practice in my every day life. I pray that His Spirit gives me the strength to believe and to act like it.
Grace and peace