Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Matthew 6:7-15 Jesus Teaches Us to Pray by Calling God Father
Jesus said to his disciples:
"In praying, do not babble like the pagans,
who think that they will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them.
Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
"This is how you are to pray:
"Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil."
"If you forgive others their transgressions,
your heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others,
neither will your Father forgive your transgressions."
In this passage, Jesus reminds us that our relationship with God is not that of a servant and a king. Our relationship is like a Father to a child. God loves us unconditionally. God's love is endless. Like a Father, God wants what is best for us and hates it when we sin. Our relationship with God is forged on love. When we cease to Love God and only fear him, that is when we run into problems. When we sin we must ask for forgiveness, not out of fear but out of love. We can share all our sorrows and joys with our Loving Father.