Matthew 6:6-13 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Just a thought but maybe on to something is how I might preface this. Have you ever thought that what might be the biggest hindrance to our prayers is our attitude about who the boss is? These verses are given as instruction in how to pray.
He tells us to pray like this. Then He proceeds to start the prayer by our recognizing that we are children talking to our Father. That we are concerned about His name more than our is obvious in the instruction to ask that His name be hallowed.
Then comes what I perceive could be the biggest hindrance. The prayer is YOUR kingdom come. YOUR will be done so much here in my life as it would be done in Heaven
Then the prayer ends with for it is YOUR kingdom, YOUR power and YOUR glory forever.
Could it be that I want prayer to be about me and HE wants it to be about HIM? Could it be that I want Him to do what I want and He wants me to do what He wants?
Could it be that I have turned prayer into a selfish endeavor when He wanted it to be a worshipping, self denying endeavor? I so desperately want Him to make the events of my life turn out in my favor. I want Him to rescue me.
So I began to think and I do not remember John the Baptist asking to be rescued! Then I thought of Acts 4:29. God’s people were in trouble. They didn’t asked to be rescued but rather to be given boldness!
I am not sure where Stephen asked to be delivered and not harmed. I am not sure but I think maybe we have turned our prayers into something that says-give me a good life and I will do what I can for you God instead of we love you God and will pay the price but could you give us boldness!
What do you think?