A pleasant good morning to the Patriarch, Archbishop, ministers and to all my commonwealth brothers and sisters in the Lord. I want you to hold someone hand and pray with them as we begin this day. The Bible taught us to pray without ceasing
God requires of His people is that they pray. When one of the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, Jesus taught them what has become known as the Lord’s Prayer.
Turn with me to the book of St. Luke 11:1 and we read together.
It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.”
The Lord’s Prayer is recorded in the Gospel of Luke chapter 11 verses 2 to verse 4; it can also be found in the Gospel of Mathew chapter 6 verses 9 to verse 13.
So let’s see how Matthew 6:9-13 records it.
“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is 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 do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]’
Prayer is a means for God’s people to approach the throne of God and make requests, or supplication for their needs. Prayer is essentially a means by which God’s people can communicate with God. No relationship can grow if there is no communication in the relationship, nor can God’s people have a relationship with God and get to know Him and His will and plan for their lives unless they communicate with Him.
Perhaps one of the most missed or unquoted passages of scripture are the four verses that precede the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew chapter 6. Matthew chapter 6 verses 9 to 13 is the Lord’s Prayer which essentially is how to approach God and make requests of Him, if you like how to conduct yourselves spiritually. But in Matthew chapter 6 verses 5 to 8, Jesus gave His disciples instruction on how to conduct ourselves physically.
“When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. (6) “But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. (7) “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. (8) “So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
God desires that His people talk to Him, get to know Him, to know the heart of the Father that His will would be worked out in our lives. I pray that these words touch your this morning peace and love .
Your brother and servant,
Bishop Skeete Lynch
The Mystical Order
Commanding Officer of The Mystical Court
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