“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
“This, then, is how you should pray:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory…forever. Amen” Matthew 6:7- 13
Many people might wonder why are we praying at all if the Father already knows what we are going to ask? God , like your best friend and your family member also wants to talk with you and laugh with you and hear what is on your mind and, if need be, stroke your head when you cry. God loves us and he finds great joy when you talk to him like you would talk with those you love and feel close to. Like a parent whom knows what their child needs before they ask God will never opt for silence over taking the place of his child wanting to confide in Him when they really need Him. Sometimes children or young adults just want to talk about what is on their mind and parents want to be there no matter what. Never rob your children of having the freedom of telling you what is on their mind…including God.
But according to this scripture,many pagans, loved to hear themselves talk as I have observed many people in our generation do as well. Have you ever met this type of person? When they speak they think they have cornered the market on knowledge, or on some matter in the world, maybe their present job and as a result they lack sincerity in the deliverance of what they are speaking about. Why? Because they really admire themselves far above what it is they are trying to convey. This scripture reminds us not to do this when we pray to the Father. God does not desire to hear our lip service–no, God wants us corroded with humility and doused in a heart of contrition, for God sees your true hearts intent and motive when you pray. Don’t babble on coming up with the most eloquent words, and fabulous scriptures or bible thumping theology for God to hear when you pray. God simply desires you to be real with him, that’s all.
Finally, write on the tablet of your heart how you should pray. God is Holy and his name should be treated as such. Know that when you pray it is His will you are asking to be ,ultimately, done and not your own. What is daily bread? Is Jesus talking about food? This is a figure of speech meaning that the Lord will provide for you daily what you need: You don’t know how your bills will be paid, or how you will eat or how you will take care of your family, where you will find your next job and how you will pay for your hospital bills? Rest assured, if you are allowing God to govern your life he will not leave you begging for bread. Next is forgiveness, for Jesus preached a lot about forgiveness and if you want to be forgiven , try forgiving someone else. We have all done something to hurt another, whether we are aware of it or not, and if you think you deserve an apology then perhaps own up to the fact that you might owe a few apology’s of your own, for we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of the Lord. Praise God , because he will never lead us into temptation, but he will surely protect you and be your shield from the evil one just believe in Him when you pray to Him.
I pray that on this day you will take the time to spend with God and if you don’t know who God is I would like to encourage you to talk to him and ask him to reveal himself to you and clear it up once and for all. If you ask God to reveal himself to you and you really mean it in your heart than he will. I can assure you of this and He will meet you where you are at and also reveal himself to you in a way that YOU it would understand.
I will be praying for you all today. May the Lord Bless You and Keep You Safe!