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Friday, October 9th, 2020;
THE “REAL” LORD’S PRAYER (Learn To Pray The Right Way)
👤 Pastor Chris Oyakhilome;
📖 TO THE BIBLE
Matthew 6:9 “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.”
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When Jesus walked the earth, He prayed on several occasions, and His prayers are recorded for us in the Scriptures. His disciples observed that He always had results when He prayed; and so, they said to Him, “…Lord, teach us to pray…” (Luke 11:1). Thus, He gave them a format for prayer. He said, “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name” (Matthew 6:9). Many Christians have misconstrued this to be “The Lord’s Prayer.” They insist it’s the prayer Jesus asked us to pray, and that we must pray so. They further base their argument on Luke’s writing in Luke 11:2, which reads, “…He said to them, When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven….”
What they fail to realise, however, is that the Greek word for “say” in the foregoing verse is “lego.” It doesn’t mean “to say something”; rather, it means to ‘systematically lay forth.’ Jesus only laid forth a format or pattern for prayer for His disciples. He didn’t say we should quote or recite those words in prayer, which is what many do today. The real Lord’s Prayer is in John 17; read the entire chapter and you’ll be so inspired.
Moreover, this model for prayer that He gave His disciples was before He went to the Cross. He taught them to pray in expectation of the Kingdom of God. At that time, He hadn’t died for the whole world, and the world was still being dominated by another kingdom, which is the kingdom of darkness.
However, being born again, we’ve been delivered from the kingdom of darkness and translated into the Kingdom of God’s dear Son (Colossians 1:12-13). In this kingdom, we have our needs supplied according to His riches in glory. So, today, it doesn’t quite make spiritual sense to recite the words in Luke 11:2-4; it’s not a New Testament prayer. In the New Testament, prayer is based on our new relationship with the Father; a divine fellowship. This is what Jesus made possible. Now we pray through the Spirit and worship in the Spirit. Hallelujah!
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Luke 18:1; John 16:26-27
Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for the light of the Scriptures; I’m informed with accurate and precise knowledge of the Word, which enables me to pray the right way and have the knowledge of the glorious Gospel of Christ, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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📚 Daily Bible Reading
Colossians 2:6-23, Isaiah 29-30
John 4:43-54, 1 Kings 15
Download “Praying The Right Way” and “How To Pray Effectively Vol. 1” from the Rhapsody app book store and read them to learn more about prayer.