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When I Think of You I Pray



The Lord’s Prayer

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“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. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."

Jesus teaches us how to pray. He teaches us how to focus on what truly matters – not others perceptions of us, but our willingness to (in secret or seclusion) challenge our perceptions of them.

Prayer is not about self-promotion or self-reward. If your prayer life is self-centered then it does not match up with the person or teaching of Jesus. Not to be lost is the fact that Jesus does teach us to pray for ourselves,

"Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil."

NOTE: Give US, forgive US, lead US, and deliver US

Paramount to Jesus teaching on prayer is the necessity to forgive others. In order to forgive others, you must allow the experiences (hurt, joy, pain, sadness, Love) of others into your daily thoughts. Contemplating on life’s complexities while focusing on others needs before your own… this just may lead you to the place where Jesus personally calls us to… intercession for others.

When I think of you, I pray.

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