Monday, November 23, 2009

Thoughts About Prayer

Matthew 6:5-13
Jesus saw some hypocrites at the corner of First and Main.
As He watched them carry on, their motives He ascertained.
Clearly they sought man’s approval, to receive their admiration.
In order to be seen by many men, they chose a busy location.

Sometimes it worked; observers watched, the hypocrites were adored,
But because their hearts were full of pride, there was no eternal reward.
The hypocrites practiced religious form, but they didn’t know their God.
He was standing right before them observing their phony fa├žade.

Jesus taught the disciples what it really means to pray.
It isn’t about where you are or the number of words you say.
Jesus said to come to the Father, to give honor to his name.
It’s important to pray, “Thy will be done,” for His will is our aim.

He said it’s good to ask for our needs, for our Father loves to provide.
We always ask for forgiveness of sin to feel cleansed and whole inside.
We ask the Lord to guard our life, to help us defeat temptation.
We cannot defeat the evil one without a godly foundation.

Before we close our time in prayer, we remember it is God we serve.
All the praise and glory we give, our Father rightfully deserves.
So if we would grow in our walk with God; our lives for heaven prepare,
We seek our Lord’s empowering grace as we commune with Him in prayer.

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Matthew 6:9-13
9Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. NKJV

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