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Prayer (3 of 6)
Dr. Ken Boa
What I want to do here is to look at the Lord's Prayer. His disciples wanted to be taught how to pray, and Jesus told them, pray in this way, "Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed by 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 our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil." Some manuscripts don't have this next section, but many do, "For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen."
How many times have you prayed that prayer? How many times have you prayed that prayer without paying attention to the words that you have been praying? If you are like most people, it is very, very easy to go through a service, for example, and to say those words, and the mouth moves, and the mind is in neutral. Or, very possibly, move on to all sorts of other areas.
I want to submit to you that we have, before us, a treasury of prayer principles that are found in that very brief prayer. I want you to notice, by the way, it is extremely brief, and one of the things that Jesus says, is don't make your words too many. I am going to pull out several principles, then, from Christ's model prayer, and in doing so, I am going to be using a little bit of alliteration. I think I overdid it in this particular case. I have got all "A's" here.
Victor Oliver, a friend of mine, in the publishing industry received a manuscript that he read once in the Monday night study here. It was a manuscript, the whole manuscript was nothing but alliteration. Every sentence had it. It started off like this - "The Saxon City of HollyLit lay asleep under the shimmering sheets and powdery pillows of silvery snow. The midnight moon had accompanied most of Hally's hooligans to their humble homes. And now it seemed satisfied to silently slink along the slippery surface of the icy sully. Seemi ...
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