When Jesus tells us in Matthew 7 to ask and to seek and to know (previous blogs in this series), it was not the first time in the Sermon on the Mount that He had spoken about prayer. Earlier (in Matthew 6:5-8) He taught us not to pray publicly to impress others and not to pray “vain repetitions” of words to impress God (He doesn’t want mere language from us; He wants real communication). Jesus then went on to give us an outline for prayer’s content (Matthew 6:9-13), an outline we commonly call the Lord’s Prayer. And in that outline we see more of the mystery of prayer…
- The God who has made it perfectly clear in the pages of the Bible that He’s in control of every detail in this universe, and who promises that He will reign as King for all eternity, still asks us to pray, “Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
- The God who has lovingly promised throughout Scripture to be our faithful Father and Provider still asks us to daily pray, “Give us this day our daily bread” (6:11).
- The God who has given us the priceless gift of forgiveness through the death of His Son still asks us to pray, “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (6:12).
- The God who is our Good Shepherd, who promises to lead us in paths of righteousness, who has pledged to protect us from Satan’s power and to not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear, still asks us to pray, “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (6:13).
And so in obedience to His commands and to the spiritual laws of the universe, we pray. And as we pray, the Kingdom and the power and the glory are indeed His forever!