Thursday, January 21

Bible Text: Matthew 6:7-13


“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name” Matthew 6:9

A young boy who had noticed the posture of his father while praying sneaked into his father’s prayer room one day and tried to listen to his father, praying. When his father saw him, he asked why the boy did that. The boy responded that he wanted to learn how to pray like his father.

The boy’s action is not different from the attitude of Jesus’ disciples. Having noticed their Master’s prayer lifestyle, the disciples approached Him to teach them how to pray. Jesus then gave them a pattern of prayer termed “The Lord’s Prayer”.

A deep reflection on Jesus’ pattern of prayer shows it is about understanding the importance and concept of prayer. Prayer is a means of communicating with God, making requests and receiving instructions. Jesus’ prayer is full of actions required of believers. The Lord’s Prayer teaches us how to live to please our heavenly Father. As we learn to pray, we also learn to honour God by depending on Him for our daily supply, and we imbibe the spirit of forgiveness. All of these are not just verbal pronouncements; they are actions to be taken. Let your prayer be seen in your action from today.

Insight: If you love someone, you tend to be like him. Be like Jesus in all things.

Prayer: Grace to grow more like You, Lord Jesus, I receive in Jesus Christ Name. Amen.

RBT Passage: Exodus 17-20