Summary: JUST AS THE MEN IN THIS TEXT WE OFTEN WONDER HOW SHOULD WE PRAY,SO THEN CHRIST OFFERS TO US THESE PRINCIPALS OF PRAYER.
PRINCIPALS OF PRAYER
(Mat 6:5) And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
(Mat 6:6) But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
(Mat 6:7) But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
(Mat 6:8) Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
(Mat 6:9) After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
(Mat 6:10) Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
(Mat 6:11) Give us this day our daily bread.
(Mat 6:12) And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
(Mat 6:13) And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
(Mat 6:9) Our Father which art in heaven: Personal relationship like a Father and a son. People talk differently to one another than they do their Father or their son, there is nothing hidden between a Father and a son. there is respect between a Father and a son. God intends for the relationship to be personal and reverent. Jesus does not expect you to pray addressing him by every title like the Pharisees prayed, thinking they would be heard by their many words(v. 7)
Hallowed be thy name: Hallowed = to make holy
You could look at this a few different ways but this is the important part that we keep his name holy when we pray.
(Exo 20:7) Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Many times we pray without sincerity and we might as well not even pray because our motive is vain and wrong. The name of the Lord is holy let us not be seen before God using it just to use it, or like the Pharisees, praying just to pray or be seen. When you pray you do not have to chant or repeat repetitious words but speak to your Father with sincerity and honesty without fear but with all respect.
(Heb 4:16) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
(Mat 6:10) Thy kingdom come. Who’s kingdom? His not ours! Many times we get to busy trying to build our little empire on earth and we for get we are not here to stay, we are just passing through. Let us consider this when we pray.
(Joh 18:36) Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world:
John the baptist was the greatest example of the proper mindset for the child of God. He preached kingdom of God is at hand. He said, there is another coming greater than I.
(Mar 1:7) And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.
We we pray let us consider The Kingdom of God and not our own agenda, not our wants and hopes and dreams, not to say we cant have some but let them be the reflection of our hearts desire for the kingdom of God and not our wicked wants of carnality.
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Christ himself prayed not my will, but your will be done.
(Mat 26:39) And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
(Mat 10:24) The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.
Are we greater than Christ? If he did not seek his flesh, should we incline our selves to seek our carnality? If he was willing to crucify his flesh for the kingdom of God should we not make the same sacrifice?
Note: The petitions are six; the first three relate more expressly to God and his honor, the last three to our own concerns, both temporal and spiritual. This prayer teaches us to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and that all other things shall be added.