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Jan
13

How and Why To Pray

“Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”Matthew 6:8-15

Here is one of those great paradoxes of faith in God – even though God knows exactly what we need and what we will ask for in prayer, we are, nevertheless, encouraged to go forward in prayer. Jesus then gives us an example of how we should pray.

He includes such elements as: praise to the Lord, asking for basic needs, forgiveness for sins, and protection from evil. This seems like a very good outline for daily prayer.

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