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Summary: Thoughts on the Model prayer from the langauge of Aramaic

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“The Language of Prayer”

(Pastor Craige LeBreton)

A few weeks ago…I had a discussion with my pastor…

We were discussing prayer…we were talking about its necessity…

And it’s power…we were talking about the misunderstanding…

of those who pray…how they pray…and what…they pray for…

and their understanding…of the meaning of prayer…

Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines prayer as…

An address…as a petition…to God…in a word…or a thought…

Or…an earnest request or wish…

Have you ever needed…to talk to God…and you don’t know…

what to talk about…?

How many times do we ask ourselves…How should I pray…?

Or…what should I pray for…?

Do you ever wonder…if God hears and understands…your prayer???

I want to share some thoughts with you…about the one…

who taught us to pray…and some thoughts…about the most famous…

prayer in the world…this prayer has often times…been called…

The Lord’s Prayer…but it is more appropriately called…

The “Model Prayer”…

I would also like to share some thoughts…about the words He used…

when He prayed…and the meaning of those words…

in His native language…Aramaic….

Text: Matthew 6:5-15

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.

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.

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.

8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

9 ¶ After this manner therefore pray ye:

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

This prayer…this model prayer…was prayed…by Jesus Christ…

to instruct the disciples…so that they could instruct others…

And before Christ had instructed the disciples…on prayer…

He had been dictating…the outward manifestations…

Of Christian characteristics…and Christian conduct…that will be…

Exhibited in the true believers…and genuine disciples…

During His sermon on the mount…

Jesus was teaching His disciples that…Praying…like giving…

Is to be done…to the Lord…not to man…in verse 5

Jesus said that people love to pray…standing in the synagogues…

Both a time and place for prayer…were customary…

in the Jewish Synagogue…of Jesus’ time…

Therefore…Jesus is not condemning the practice of public prayer…

But rather the misuse of it…


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