Lord, teach us to pray.
2. So He said to them, “When you pray, say:Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come.Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
Greetings my Beloved Brothers and Sisters,
While reading Luke chapter 11 these words jumped out, " Lord, teach us to pray" which was said by one of Jesus disciples when he observed Jesus praying and when Jesus had ceased from praying the disciple made a request for Jesus to teach them how to pray as John had taught his disciples. A couple of questions come to mind, why did he want to learn how to pray? Was it because he saw John teach his disciples to pray or did he want to learn how to pray because he saw Jesus praying and operating under the influence and anointing of the Holy Ghost? The text does not answer my question however; the questions does allow me to ask you why do you pray? Prayer can seem mysterious, difficult to do and some people think they need instructions on how to pray. Prayer is much like learning a new language, it does need to be taught to some extent however; once a person knows how to speak the language then the need to be taught dwindles down to specifics, like grammar, pronunciation, diction and proper usage. Prayer is much like this as well. Notice in this chapter it is entitled the model prayer which was never meant to be repeated but to serve as a model of what we should pray for. Jesus said when you pray...not if you pray, we should address God as Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. We must address God as our Father who is Holy, I do understand that God is not everyone's father because the bible declares," You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it (John 8:44). Therefore; you must have a personal relationship with God or as the scripture teaches you must be born again to have God as your Heavenly Father. Jesus taught the disciples to pray, Thy Kingdom come, and thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven...here lies the focus of my discourse. Why did Jesus teach the disciple to pray that the Kingdom should come down to the earth when most churches teaches that the saints are going up to heaven to live for eternity? It seems to me if heaven is our eternal home it would not make any sense to pray for a Heavenly Kingdom to come down to the earth. Here is the revelation, the scripture teaches that there will be a new heaven and a new earth in Revelations chapter 21, and the eternal Kingdom of God will be set up here on the new earth and eternal life will be live out here with the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. This is why Jesus taught his disciples to pray thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven in preparation for life in eternity. Lord, teach us to pray!
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