Sunday, February 19, 2017

How One Should Pray (Commentary On Matthew 6:6-14)

  • The following listing provides you with the basic composition of prayer, that is, how we should be communicating with God through prayer:
            1.) Find an appropriate location, which could be where you feel most comfortable or a holy place such as a church, and bow before the Father. Pray in a place of privacy. If you focus on Him and believe that He can help you endure your burdens, then He will answer your prayer requests based on the sincerity and faithfulness of your conscience (v. 6).
            2.) We are not to pray in the same manner that the pagans do. The purpose of prayer is not based on factors such as how well it sounds, its length, how many times in a row it is done, or how noisy it is. God will not answer prayer based on such intentions, regardless of what people think or how they feel. It is ultimately about dedication to God (v. 7).
            3.) God knows everything, which includes your prayer requests, even before you go to Him (v. 8).
            4.) We acknowledge that God is the Creator and Lord of all. This also means that we are to give Him as much honor and worship as we can  (v. 9).
            5.) We pray for the sake of God's literal kingdom being established on earth when Jesus Christ returns again. This is especially needed when we are living in a world that overflows with tragedies, which ranges from but is not limited to poverty, wars, slavery, and diseases. Only goodness can exist in the kingdom of God. Since God is the infinite Ruler of all creation, His Will shall be accomplished everywhere. Our wills should be one in the same with God's--functioning in perfect harmony together (v. 10).  
             6.) In prayer, you should be appreciative for the things that God has provided for you and know that He will continue to provide for all who come to Him (v. 11).
             7.) In prayer, we must humbly ask God for the forgiveness of our sins. We have repeatedly violated His perfect standard of morality, the Mosaic Law. We must beg God to reveal clemency on us so that we will not end up in the scorching coals of hell. Without the sacrifice and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ, remission for our sins cannot exist. We must follow the example of God forgiving our trespasses against Him because if we do not, then He will not forgive our sins (v. 14). In other words, we must forgive the sins of others because that is what God has done for us (v. 12).
              8.) We pray to God that He places a "protective shield" on us so that the gnats of worldly temptation will not be attracted to us. He through the power of the Holy Ghost will give us the strength needed to overcome the tendency to sin and escape the snares of the devil. God shall eternally prevail over the forces of evil. He is therefore entitled to perpetual glory (v. 13).

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