Genuine Prayer— The Lord's Prayer

Helen Brownson

READ : Matthew 6:9-13

“Father . . . hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. . . Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one.” (The Lord’s Prayer, vv. 9-13).

Jesus’ disciples knew there was something different about His praying. Even though most of them had been raised in good Jewish homes and prayed many prayers, they said to Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.”

Our Lord taught us a model for our praying in The Lord’s Prayer, and gave us His own example also. His practice of prayer was the open secret of the remarkable poise and power that characterized his life.

What a privilege to celebrate God by praise, to acknowledge his gifts in thanksgiving, to agree with him when we confess, and to share his concerns by intercession for others!

“Whereas Jesus Christ was constantly in communion with His Father, felt the need of it, and exulted in the joy of it, walked with God and talked to God, consulted Him, and accepted His guidance . . . so many nowadays, of those he died to save, feel little or no impulse to all that; and either never think of practicing it at all, or do so only in a hurried and perfunctory fashion” (A. J. Gossip). Do we feel that impulse?

PRAYER

Gracious God, may I remember to praise, thank, and worship You daily.