Matthew Lesson 7 Day 3

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Matthew Lesson 7 Day 3

Matthew 6:5-13

Jesus teaches his followers how to pray.

6) Jesus on the subject of long prayers in public

Don’t imitate the hypocrites by making a show of praying in front of others. Those who do, have already received their reward.

Also, don’t imitate the pagans by babbling on and on. (Many versions translate this as “vain repetitions”—saying the same thing over and over again.) There is the sense that asking for the same thing over and over again assumes that God isn’t listening or it’s up to us to make sure He does.

7) Jesus’ prayer outline.

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”

  • Recognize and acknowledge who God is,

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

  • “The right kind of prayer has a passion for God’s glory and agenda. His name, kingdom and will have the top priority.”1
  • His will in our lives and the situations we are dealing with right now as well as in the age to come.

“Give us this day our daily bread,”

  • Take life one day at a time.
  • God cares about our everyday needs, and he says we should pray about them.

“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

  • Keep our hearts clean before Him and others so that our line of communication is free from interference.

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

  • Avoid temptation by asking Him to lead us and deliver us from the evil one.

8) Personal impact

In His own prayers, Jesus poured out His emotions before God. Rather than pour out my worry, fear, concerns, and frustrations to family and friends, I need to take those to God. I exchange my feelings for His. Ask what’s on His heart and how I can fit into His plans.

One of my favorite ways to pray is while walking around the atrium in the building where we live.

My second choice is prayer journaling. I’ve kept journals since I was old enough to write, but in 1993, I read I’m Listening, Lord by Marilyn Willett Heavilin. She suggests journaling to help us learn to listen. I find it especially helpful when I’m trying to work through a problem and need to pour out my feelings.

A third way I pray is with a small group of friends. We pray over Zoom from 8:00 to 10:00 AM (my time) 6 days a week. (I take Saturday off and the other host sometimes takes Sunday off.) We began in March 2021, and we’re still going. I’m often logged on the entire time, but others come and go as their schedules require. It’s been amazing even though I’ve never met any of them in person. Every day is different. Sometimes we pray for each other or chat about what’s happening where we live or in our lives, but most of the time we sing or pray in the spirit and share scriptures, etc. that come to mind in the chatbox.

I also pray in bed before I fall asleep, during the night if I wake up, and in the morning before I get out of bed, in the shower, when I walk, when I’m shopping, etc. Not constantly, but often. It’s a funny thing about prayer—the more you pray, the more you pray. I used to picture never hanging up the phone, but now I have to picture not ending the call.

The Lord is my constant companion. He isn’t way up there somewhere. He lives in me, walks with me, talks to me, and talks through me. He doesn’t come and go, He abides in me and I in Him (1 John 4:15). It would rude not to ever talk to Him.

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8 The Names of God Bible (without notes) © 2011 by Baker Publishing Group.

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