Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Model Prayer

January 7

Daily Bible Reading: Matthew 6

Verse of the Day: Matthew 6:9 – “After this manner therefore pray ye. Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.”

We refer to this as the Lord’s Prayer. Technically this should be called the Model Prayer. It is the model He gave His disciples on how to pray.

He builds it around 6 requests. The first three ask for the Kingdom of God to come (vv. 9,10) and the last three ask for God to meet our daily needs (vv.11 – 13).

The model starts with our acknowledgment of God as our Father, we must have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. Then, an imperative statement is used – “May Your Name be hallowed.”

Begin in praise, bring your requests, and end in praise. What a great pattern for our time of prayer each day. Today, mark out time to do this pattern in your prayer.

Prayer: Glorious Father, I praise You that You do meet my needs each day. I praise Your Holy Name. I acknowledge Your greatness.

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