School of Prayer – Lesson 4 Part 1

Thoughts about  the Fourth Lesson of With Christ in the School of Prayer:

Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:9-10)

school of prayer Having provided instruction about the right and wrong motivation for prayer, our Lord now instructs His disciples by way of example how we ought to pray: “like this”.

(1) First, we are taught to “Pray to your Father” (v. 6). No room is given for prayer to any other, not to saint and not to angel. Rather, the focus of our prayer and the One to whom our prayers should be addressed is “Our Father”. Through creation God is the Father of all but through adoption (Ephesians 1:3-6) the followers of Christ become His children. Our prayers are addressed then to “our Father” because we “though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another” (Romans 12:5).

(2) We are to pray to “our Father in heaven” reminding ourselves He is altogether separate, Holy, deserving of all reverence, honor, glory, and worship.

(3) True prayer is prayer which places the Father first and above all other interests, concerns, or needs: “hallowed be your name”, “your kingdom come”, “your will be done”. What greater want or need can His children have?  If we are to pray rightly we must learn to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33).

“In heaven God’s will is done, and the Master teaches the child to ask that the will may be done on earth just as in heaven:  in the spirit of adoring submission and ready obedience.  Because the will of God is the glory of heaven, the doing of it is the blessedness of heaven.  As the will is done, the kingdom of heaven comes into the heart.  And wherever faith has accepted the Father’s love, obedience accepts the Father’s will.  The surrender to, and the prayer for a life of heaven-like obedience, is the spirit of childlike prayer.”

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