Day 8

Matthew 6:9-13

A “Daily Devotional,” a “Quiet Time,” “Sweet Hour of Prayer.”

All of these phrases picture a time of meaningful communion with God.  But often our quiet time can be meaningless, and all too . . . quiet.

A key component of any successful quiet time is having a prayer time that is both meaningful and effective.  In Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus gives us a “prayer guide” that will help us move beyond mediocre prayers that never seem to get our prayers past the ceiling.

What we find in Matthew 6 is what is commonly called “the Lord’s Prayer.” Below is the version of “the Lord’s Prayer” that most of us grew up with.  Read it aloud.

“Our Father, which art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done

on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom,

and the power and the glory

forever.  Amen.”

This week we will discover that this prayer is not a mantra to repeat over and over again but an outline to follow to guide our prayer.

Application of God’s Truth

Read over the Lord’s Prayer again and consider what each phrase means in your personal life.  What can you praise Him for?  What direction do you need?  What sins do you need forgiven?  Who do you need to forgive?  How can God protect you from evil?