Devotions for May 12, 2015

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Matthew 6:7-13

“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. 8 Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! 9 Pray like this:

Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
10 May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today the food we need,
12 and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
13 And don’t let us yield to temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: Does Jesus use the words “I” or “My” anywhere in His model prayer? Why do you think He emphasizes “We” and “Our” instead?

Q: How does this prayer move from the vertical, between us and God, to the horizontal, between us and others? What kind of attitude does Jesus model for you?

Q: Try rewriting this prayer to paraphrase it into your own words: what does it mean to “hallow” God’s name? What is His “will” for the earth? What are your needs just for today? Who needs your forgiveness first?

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