Healthy Prayer Habits - 2
Key Scripture: Matthew 6:9-13
9 Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.[a]
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,[b]
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,[c]
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.(ESV)
Summary: How do we discover the fullness of the life God intends for us to live? We believe the discovery begins in prayer. Last week we looked at the first half of the Lord’s prayer and this week we conclude our journey through the Lord’s Prayer.
The call to seek forgiveness is not an excuse to sin with willful spiritual neglect. However, we all need to grow in our understanding of who Jesus is and how to better represent Him in all matters. It is in those areas where we fall short that we humbly repent and ask for the transformation of the Holy Spirit.
As we forgive others
A powerful sign that points to the Jesus life is found in how we forgive. Jesus spoke on several occasions of the relationship between being forgiven and offering forgiveness. If you don’t forgive others then you will not be forgiven.
Deliver us from evil
To what degree are we able to be free from evil? Can be be free from temptation? Can we be free from making wrong, willful decisions? Can we be free from making mistakes? The answer needs to be rooted in scripture if we are to live in the fullness of the life God intends for us to live.
Next Action: Praying the Lord’s Prayer is important. Living the Lord’s Prayer is more important. Living out this prayer is a key ingredient to living the life God desires us to live. Pray this prayer often and live it out daily.