In Matthew 6 Jesus gives us a model for our prayers and a few pointers on the how to do it. In verses 5-8 He wants His followers to pray in a way that draws them close to God the Father without making a show of it like the hypocrites. Then He gives the ideal place for it to happen, a place that is secluded. By shutting the door He shows that there should be no outside influence. He also said don’t be constantly repeating your words and going on and on. You see God already knows what we’re praying for so keep it short and focused.
The perfect model is then given in verses 9-13:
Each of the 6 points of this prayer lead us to total focus on the One who hears and answers.
- Focus on God and praise Him–Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Your name.
- Focus on God’s plan and purpose–Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done
- Focus on what you need–Give us this day our daily bread
- Focus on forgiveness for yourself and for others–Forgive us our debts (trespasses/sins) and we forgive our debtors (those who trespass/sin against us).
- Focus on God’s guidance in daily challenges
- Focus on giving God total control–For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory
Verses 14-15 are extremely important! We must forgive others if we expect to be forgiven by God. It’s pretty clear isn’t it?
Blessings to you and yours!