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July 5, 2010

Get to the point

Filed under: Uncategorized — andykiff @ 7:20 pm

Matthew 6:7 And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.9 Pray then like this: 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 this day our daily bread,12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

So much truth that it’s difficult to concentrate on just one facet.  Reading these verses today reinforced something I heard in a sermon yesterday that helped me: You don’t need a lengthy description of my situation, the size of my problems or the sheer impossibility of what I’m praying for.  You don’t need a list of my limitations.  You are God and I’m not telling You anything new.  If the situation was something I could easily sort out myself then I wouldn’t be coming to You about it.  I just need to get to the point and say what I want to say, whether it’s a request or a thank You.  You already know what I’m about to say so there’s no need to be coy.

Jesus modelled this perfectly – the blueprint for prayer delivered in just four sentences.  Praise, the advancement of Your Kingdom, personal needs, forgiveness, deliverance.  Job done.  That doesn’t mean I should spend 1 minute in prayer instead of 30 minutes but it does mean I should use my time as best I can, being direct and persistent.  Be prepared for some repetition Lord!

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