WHY SHOULD WE PRAY?
What we pray is the relationship with God. The prayer is the breath just like people who breathe. It’s the breath of believer. If the breath stops, the life is over. Just as the breath never stops, we should live as we always pray with faith and as we form the relationship with God well.
THEN, HOW CAN WE PRAY? (Matthew 6:9-13)
09 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
TO WHOM OUR PRAYER IS GIVEN?
It’s Father. Where is the Father? He is in heaven. Our prayer is towards Father, God in heaven.
There are five prayers. The two previous prayers are public, and the three prayers of the latter part are personal. When we pray, in order that our prayer goes to God, there is something we should ask before God, which is the public prayer; Hallowed be thy name and Thy kingdom come. May the name of God is hallowed by the one who believes in Jesus. And we should pray with earnest heart for Thy kingdom to come. The fundamental and essential topics were prayed so that our prayer may not become self-centered and egoistic. Next, one of the personal prayer of three things is regarding daily bread. This is the matter of today. Second is about the forgiveness. Asking for forgiveness is the issue of the past. This is the repentance for sins yesterday. Thirdly, lead us not into temptation. This is the issue of the future. We should pray not to be tempted. Even if the test comes, we should pray for letting us overcome it.