And When You Pray :: Forgive Us Our Debts

Open this time in prayer, asking the Lord to reveal His heart to you. “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” (Matthew 6:12 NKJV) Forgive us our what? Like our bank loans and credit card debts?  Uh, no.  Debts in this passage is a metaphor for our sins, the violations we have commited against God and His holy law. Read Matthew 18:21-27.  When the servant asked for leniency, how did his master respond (v 27)? The master had compassion toward his servant and our Master is full of compassion as well.  Psalm 145:8 […]

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And When You Pray :: Our Daily Bread

Once again open your time of studying the Word with prayer.  Acknowledge that the Holy Spirit is the One who will open your eyes to see and understand the truth. “Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11 NKJV) Daily bread — its kind of the same concept as a daily newspaper. Okay, I realize you’re probably thinking huh? But just hang with me a second. The phrase daily bread only appears twice in the New Testament.  Once in Matthew and once in Luke, both times when the authors are writing about the Lord’s prayer. […]

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And When You Pray :: Your Kingdom Come

Before you begin studying God’s word take a moment to pray. Ask that He sit with you this morning and reveal the truth of His word to you. Once you are done lets begin. “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10 NKJV) When I see or hear the word kingdom I can’t help but think of tall, magestic castles, kings and queens, and knights in shining armour. I picture a physical place where I can walk about great halls, look at royal thrones, and touch the […]

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And When You Pray :: Our Father

Take a moment to pray, as you did yesterday, and ask God to reveal Himself to you today through His word. “In this manner, therefore, pray…” (Matthew 6:9a NKJV) The gospels record several different occasions in which Jesus prayed, but this is the only time we see the model prayer; and we do not read about Jesus saying this prayer repeatedly.  Remember in the verses before He teaches us not to use vain repetitions.  I believe we are welcome to pray this prayer word-for-word, however, it needs to be heart-felt and not said as a […]

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And When You Pray :: Prayer Challenge

“And when you pray…”  Those are the beginning words of Jesus in Matthew 6:5 (NKJV).  It sounds like Jesus expects us to pray, does it not? He doesn’t say “if you pray”, but “when you pray.” The greek word for pray, proseuchomai, is used 90 times in 82 verses in the New Testament and in many of these verses we find Jesus Himself praying or teaching others how to pray.  These verses are given to us so that we may also learn the importance of necessity for prayer in our own lives. Over the next week […]

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