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Progressive prayer

In this manner, therefore, pray: 

      Our Father in heaven, 
      Hallowed be Your name. 
       Your kingdom come. 
      Your 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 do not lead us into temptation, 
      But deliver us from the evil one. 
      For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” Matt 6:9-13

 

Drawing closer to Him

Our Father– brings the spirit of adoption. A child-like spirit (Matt 18:3-4 ;Rom 8:14-15)

Hallowed be Thy name– the child-like spirit perceives the splendour of the Father.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven– there is a growing love for the Father that exceeds parental love and adoration. It is portrayed by desiring to exemplify the kingdom here on earth, “for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,Rom 14:17

Give us this day our daily bread– there lies the heartfelt dependence on God. This bread is not physical like the one Satan tried tempt Jesus with in Matt 4:4 and Luke 4:4.  This bread teaches sobriety (soberness) and temperance. We ask only for bread not for what we do not need. We ask for our bread; that teaches us honesty and industry: we do not ask for the bread of others, nor the bread of deceit, Proverbs 20:17

Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, 
      But afterward his mouth will be filled with grave

nor the bread of idleness, Proverbs 31:27

She watches over the ways of her household, 
      And does not eat the bread of idleness.”

but the bread honestly gotten. We ask for God to give to us, not lend or sell it but give. This teaches us compassion for the poor and to pray with our families. We pray God would give it this day, which teaches us to renew the desires of our souls, as the wants of our bodies are renewed.

Forgives us our debts (trespasses), as we forgive our debtors– not only are we dependent we know we are sinful, and we thus plead for mercy. Those who desire to find mercy with God, must show mercy to their brethren.

Lead us not into temptation– after being pardoned having the righteousness of Christ, knowing his acceptance with God, he humbly requests for holy perseverence.

NB: the justified one seeks not to offend and that leads to a desire for sanctification. That means: forgive us our debts– justification and lead us not into temptation– sanctification, which is to be separated and set apart as 1 Peter 2:9 states:

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light,” (Emphasis added).

Thine is the kingdom (remember Rom 14:17), the power, and the glory, forever and ever, amen– therein lies the triumphant ascription (the victory being credited to the One worthy) of praise.

Summing it all up
From a sense of adoption, up to a fellowship with our reigning Lord, this short model of prayer conducts the soul. May it never be taken lightly (as nothing in the Word of God ever should) and may we have the teachable spirit required to acknowledge our own weakness and need for the wisdom that comes from above  (James 3:15-17). Lord teach us, thus, to pray!

Related Posts:
Prayer again? (Part 1) by Joyce de vivre
Pray without ceasing by Erin Stephens
Why am I not getting my answer???- Hindrances to prayer part 1 by Sherline

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