One of the amazing ironies in life is the Lord’s prayer. As Jesus talked to the crowd, he was laying out to them what the Father was concerned about. As he began to discuss prayer, he focused upon three things, attitude, solitude and purpose. Jesus said prayer is not about the show—there are no prayer style points. You will neither be judged nor rewarded because you look or sound good when you pray. Prayer is to be personal, authentic and real. God wants you simply to speak your heart. Next, Prayer is not to be an event—it is to be a conversation. God loves you to be one-on-one; no distractions no fanfare. He encourages us to get alone and get real. Finally, God wants us not to simply babble words, he wants our prayers to be thoughtful, meaningful discourse that honors and thanks him. We need to be humble, real and open as we talk to God. He wants to know our thoughts, attitudes and fears.
That is what is so ironic about the “Lord’s Prayer” Jesus never intended it to be a formula. It is not a set of magic words. When we recite it, it should remind us that He wants us to be real, specific and honest. So when we pray, let’s not simply recite words—let’s share our hearts with the Father!
God Bless You
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
but deliver us from the evil one.[b]’
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.