Prayer – Plain and Simple!

Matthew 6:9

THE MESSAGE: Matthew 6:9-13
In Your Bible: Matthew 6:9-13

The disciples had been following, watching, and listening to Jesus for quite some time. Apparently they had heard John the Baptist teach his disciples something about prayer. Finally one of Jesus’ disciples asked him to teach them how to pray, just like John taught his disciples.

Jesus had just finished time with his Father when the disciples asked this question. They had seen and heard him pray often. But they didn’t know how! Jesus taught them what most of us learned as a child, we often quote it in religious settings.

Jesus told them how to prepare to pray:
* Find a quiet, secluded place
* Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage
* The focus will shift from you to God and you will begin a sense of his grace.

He then said these profound things:
* This is your Father you are dealing with
* He knows better than you what you need
* “With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply”

Knowing God loves you and wants to hear from you is wonderful. Couple that with the fact that the Father wants to speak to you is special.

Application: Ponder the understanding that the Father wants us to come to him in simple prayer. Wonderful.

Prayer: Father, help me take the fresh view of praying.

Compare your personal version with The MESSAGE. But hold on, this interpretation by Peterson is quite different – it’s in simple language we use today. It may take time to fit into your concept of this prayer.

“Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best – as above, so below.

Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven as you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!

You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!”

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