Like Jacob

And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O LORD who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your kindred, that I may do you good,’ I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you …

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For Forgiveness

And forgive us our debts,  as we also have forgiven our debtors.  Matthew 6:12 This is simultaneously the most hopeful and heavy piece of the Lord’s Prayer. It is hopeful because Jesus is encouraging us to come to the Father to ask for forgiveness. The heaviness comes next, “as we also have forgiven our debtors.” …

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For Provision

Give us this day our daily bread, Matthew 6:11  After praying for God’s name to be holy, for His kingdom to come, and for His will to be done, Jesus now leads us into praying for our needs. It is important that our needs come after praying for God’s work because it gives us the proper …

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The Father’s Will

Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10b  But it is a dangerous error, surely very widespread among Christians, to think that the heart can pray by itself. For then we confuse wishes, hopes, sighs, laments, rejoicing so—all of which the heart can do by itself—with prayer. And we confuse …

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For the Kingdom

Your kingdom come, Matthew 6:10a Many Christians do not realize that all of Jesus’ teachings and ministry can be easily summed into one sentence: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matt. 4:17).” The entire life of Jesus centered around the idea that He was bring the kingdom of heaven down to earth. …

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For Holiness

Hallowed be your name. Matthew 6:9c To be such a key biblical concept, holiness is sorely misunderstood and overlooked. Most of this, I fear, comes from an ignorance as to the meaning of being holy. If this is so, we must seek to readily correct it because holiness is of tremendous importance. For instance, ancient …

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To the Father

Our Father in heaven, Matthew 6:9b Since prayer is, at its core, speaking to God, it is crucial that we first understand the God to whom we are praying. Out of all the various names or titles that Jesus could use in dialoguing with God, He chooses our heavenly Father. Jesus is, thus, setting a …

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