by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805
Reprinted From Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program 159, CT 404293

(Matthew 6:9)

This prayer is possibly as familiar to all as any other Bible passage
except perhaps Psalm 23. Yet, there is some confusion about it. But
not nearly as confused as the two guys who were talking one time about
their Bible knowledge. One of them said "Oh, I bet you don't even
know how to pray the Lord's Prayer." He said, "I bet I do." He said,
"All right, let me hear you." He said,
"Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
And if I die before I wake
I pray the Lord my soul to take."
The guy looked at him and said "That is incredulous! You are smarter
than I thought you were! You sure did know the Lord's Prayer."
There is a lot of confusion about the Lord's Prayer.It really should
be called The Disciple's Prayer, or The Model Prayer,because the
Lord's Prayer is found in the Gospel of John, chapter 17, and also in
the Gospel of Luke, chapter 11, in verses 1-4. The disciples had
asked, "Lord, teach us how to pray." I believe that He gave them this
prayer on two separate occasions. This one is found in the Sermon on
the Mount. It is in this context that Jesus was teaching about
giving, about fasting, and about praying. But of those three
disiplines, the most important is prayer. Your giving doesn't mean
anything if you don't know how to give in prayer and gratitude.
Fasting is meaningless if you do not give and pray. Therefore, the
most important of these disciplines being taught by Jesus is the one
on prayer.
Now you will remember that as Jesus was teaching this, these Jewish
me- already had an ind-erstanding of prayer. They were raised in
Jewish homes, they knew the Jewish prayers, and yet they saw something
in Jesus that was better than what they were doing. So, as Jesus is
teaching on prayer, giving and on fasting, later on in Luke 11 ...

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