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The Lord’s Prayer
What is Prayer?Prayer is simply communication with God. You can talk to God just as you talk to a friend or even you parent. God wants to hear from each of us. Don’t be afraid to pray to God. Your prayer doesn’t have to be long or even fancy. You can simply say, “Lord I need you!” You have just prayed in that simple statement. I’m a living testimony to know that once you start to grow in Christ your prayer life will change because your understanding of who God will be deeper than before. Jesus teaches us how to pray with a model prayer for us to use to communicate with the Father in heaven.
Verse 2 “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.
· Acknowledges God’s existence as our Father in Heaven. We acknowledge that God is a King and he has a kingdom that he reigns over.
Verse 3 Give us each day our daily, bread,
· God provides the things that he knows we need spiritually and physically. God meets our needs according to his plan and purpose for our lives. God is our Father and he cares for his children.
Verse 4 and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And Lead us not into temptation.”
· We ask that God forgive us of our many sins. When we sin we sin against God and not ourselves. Sin separates us from the Father which is why we need his forgiveness to clean us up, rebuild and restore our relationship with him. Since God forgives us, we must forgive others that wrong us. God doesn’t tempt us but he does test us. The devil tempts us but God provides an escape route for us to resist temptation.
Thank you Father in Heaven for the Holy Spirit that dwells in each of us to carry us through each day! Thank Jesus for teaching us how to pray!