But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in Heaven will forgive your sins, too.”
Do we recite and remember The LORD’s Prayer? “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” A solid reminder of how important it is to let go. Yes! There at times is so much we deal with, but think of the words of “Our Father.” Not just a simple prayer. Jesus taught that when and how we pray should be…
Let us take the time to review The LORD’s prayer:
But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”
The Lord’s Prayer (also called the Our Father or Pater Noster, among other names) is a venerated Christian prayer that, according to the New Testament, Jesus taught as the way to pray. Two versions of this prayer are recorded: the long form in the Gospel of Matthew in the middle of the Sermon on the Mount, and the short form in the Gospel of Luke when “one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.'”
The first three of the seven petitions in Matthew address God; the other four are related to human needs and concerns. The Matthew account alone includes the “Your will be done” and the “Rescue us from the evil one” (or “Deliver us from evil”) petitions. Both original Greek texts contain the adjective epiousios, which does not appear in any other classical or Koine Greek literature; while controversial, “daily” has been the most common English-language translation of this word. Some Christians, particularly Protestants, conclude the prayer with a doxology, a later addendum appearing in some manuscripts of Matthew.
Matthew 6:9-13 (NRSV) Luke 11:2-4 (NRSV)
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.
Do we know how to pray? We have been taught. The baseline exists. Do we know how to speak to/with God? This is important! Jesus was asked “How do we pray?” He in His sermon to many on the mount stated the example.
So, each time we pray, there are points we are to touch on:
“In that day you will say: ‘Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted’” – (Isaiah 12:4)
There at times is question on “How to pray.” Yes! We have touched on it. Do you pray? How?
To stay extremely focused, we were taught how to pray daily. We have glossed over The Word and it has been pointed out:
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
We can say so much, we have a Father. What He has led people to teach is how and when to pray. For many a father or daddy is a best friend, a guide, an example (in some cases of what to surely do, in others- What not to do.) We are guided in a way by our parents here.
It was pointed out that we have a Father in Heaven. I avoid using the term “Daddy”, Yes! When our relationship with our Creator becomes so that we are an extension of Him, we can call Him as led. To many we say “Our Father.” This is correct. Our maker, our Creator, in Whose image we are created.
We have shared that we are permanent once created, where will you be after your brief stay on Earth? We were all created for a reason. What is that reason? In Christ, we find so many examples.
God, can be in three forms (essentially, He can be in ANY form he wishes.)
We read of Jacob who was renamed Israel, he wrestled a figure all night. Just who was this figure? Amazingly, when dawn came and he was still without being defeated Jacob was renamed Isreal, the source of the first nation of God. One key point is that after wrestling all night. The figure he wrestled simply touch his hip and he was staff bound for the rest of his days. Could this have been done at the beginning of the “fight”? I will let you mull that over. Yet the figure wrestled through the night.
Even if this was just an angel, they have supernatural powers. In trying to summarize, I was a bit set aside by what I read in an attempt to share. Angels were created outside the bounds of time. We as believers each have an angel assigned to us.
• Cosmic Awareness.
• Energy Manipulation. Absorption. Barriers. Blasts. Constructs.
• Enhanced Condition or Supernatural Condition.
• Malleable Anatomy/Shapeshifting.
• Spirit Physiology. Flight. Illusion Manipulation. Intangibility. Possession. Telekinesis. Teleportation
Again, we can go into discussion at a later point, but being that we are here to share on the way to pray. We will do just that, pray reflecting on what we have been taught. As we focus more on why we are here, we develop an even deeper, more rotund relationship with our Father in Heaven.