Understanding How to Pray

(Luke 11:1-4; Matt. 6:9-13)

When the disciples asked the Lord to teach them how to pray, the Lord opened widely the doors of heavens and made certain the entrance of all who desired to come to Him in prayer. The prayer the Lord taught the disciples starts by saying, “Our Father Who is in heaven.” The prayer is directed to the Father. When we enter His presence, we draw near to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in good time for every need (Heb. 4:16). We must enter His courts with praise, revering His name; proclaiming the Gospel to all nations (“Your kingdom come”) and desiring His will to be effective in every aspect of life “on earth ( in my life) as it is in heaven.”  The prayer then is directed to the basic necessity of life- our daily bread -food sufficient to sustain us.

In Proverbs 30:8-9 Agur prays, “Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me lest I be full and deny You and say, Who is the Lord? Or lest I be poor and steal, and so profane the name of my God.” This wonderful prayer is a prayer of contentment with a spiritual sense of obedience and the pursuit of holiness. Paul said, “Godliness accompanied with contentment is great and abundant gain, for we bought nothing into the world, and obviously we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing with these we shall be content” (I Tim. 6:6b-8).

YAHSHUA said, “Give us this day our daily bread”. Not tomorrow’s, but only today’s; that is, supply the means for our sustenance “One day at the time”. He said, “Do not worry and be anxious, saying, what are we going to have to eat? Or, what are we going to have to drink? Or, what are we going to have to wear? So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble” (Matt. 619, 31, 34). Having our needs supplied one day at the time encourages us to a renewed desire to seek Him to be the provider of our basic needs. And as the Bread of life YAHSHUA satisfies every spiritual need of the soul as well. We should desire Him daily as we desire bread to satisfy our physical needs. He said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all these things taken together will be given you besides” (Matt. 6: 31).

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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