Eyewitness: p. 146
Eyewitness Stories: Matthew 6:9-13
NLT: Matthew 6:11
Amplified Bible: Matthew 6:13
In Your Bible: Matthew 6:9-13
Jesus gave an example of how to pray. The believer first must honor, revere, and praise our Father God. After these honest statements of how great our God is, humbly he can make petitions. The disciples learned how to pray.
Jesus continues teaching, “Give us today the food we need . . . “ (Matthew 6:11 NLT). This refers to the manna God provided daily for the Jews in the wilderness. Today we must also ask for provision of daily needs—not wants. This is a believer’s rightful request.
Believers must ask for forgiveness of our sin. Jesus Christ paid for the sin of mankind by death on the cross. Jesus paid it all. To be forgiven we must forgive, and that is a condition only the power of the cross can provide the believer. *
Jesus went on to say “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13a Amplified Bible). Evil can come from without, from within, from friends and loved ones.
Commentaries * guide us to the fact that the best defense against evil is the presence of Jesus Christ. The living Presence of Christ empowers the believer.
Some translations add the following statement to the prayer: For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen (Matthew 6:13b Amplified Bible). In this powerful teaching, Jesus guides believers to enter into Kingdom thinking (not our normal thinking). Indeed the disciples learned how to pray.
Prayer: Father, what a wonder you are. Jesus taught us our prayers should include praise, esteem your holiness, and honor you above all else. Thank you. Abba Father.
Questions: Have you asked for the bread of life from God’s Word? How would that impact your understanding of these verses? In what ways are you under temptation?
Ponder this from the book Jesus Calling: When you worship Me in spirit and truth, you join with choirs of angels who are continually before My throne. Though you cannot hear their voices, your praise and thanksgiving are distinctly audible in heaven. Your petitions are also heard, but it is your gratitude that clears the way to My Heart. With the way between us wide open, My blessings fall upon you in rich abundance. The greatest blessing is nearness to Me—abundance Joy and Peace in My Presence. Practice praising and thanking Me continually throughout this day. **
* The Daily Bible Study Series, The Gospel of Matthew, Volume 1, William Barclay, Westminster Press, Philadelphia, pp. 219-228.
** Jesus Calling, Enjoying His Peace and Presence, Sarah Young, Thomas Nelson, 2004, p. 195.