Monthly Memory Passage: Matthew 6:9-15

9 This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one. 14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Our Father in heaven…
Go like a little child goes to his dad, not like someone who has his/her act together. There is something in us that wants to put away our helplessness before we bow our hearts to God in prayer, but resist that urge. Go as a needy child to your heavenly Father. Go just as you are.

Hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…
Bow your heart in submission to God in prayer. Pray that he would be hallowed — would be truly revered — in your heart and in all the world in just the same way that he is revered in heaven. Pray that your family would honor him, pray that your church would honor him, pray that your neighbors would honor him, pray that your co-workers would honor him, pray that his Kingdom would overwhelm all the earth.

Give us today our daily bread…
Acknowledge your total desperation for and dependence on God. God is the one who has given you all that you have. You have food and clothes and all your sustenance because God has given it to you. You receive your daily bread from him, so ask him for it as a needy child. Ask him for all you need at this moment and in this day — spiritual needs, physical needs, and emotional needs.

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one…
Our greatest need is spiritual. We need forgiveness from God, and though we have received full forgiveness in Christ, we should make our dependence for this forgiveness regularly known in prayer. But God offers us even more than forgiveness, and so we ask for more. We ask that he would guide our path away from sin, so that we might walk in holiness, just as he is holy.

 

Posted on June 15, 2014 .