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Archive for March 2015

“treasures on earth”

March 31, 2015

Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:19). Earthly treasures surround us in our materialistically rich society.  Every ad and commercial encourages us to get our share of them.  But there is another aspect that they fail to […]

“when you fast”

March 30, 2015

Jesus said, “Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.  But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your […]

“Yours is the kingdom”

March 27, 2015

Jesus concluded the model prayer by saying, “For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:13b).  Some early manuscripts omit this part of the prayer, but there is no doubting the truthfulness of the statement.  As David prayed, “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power and the glory, […]

“deliver us from evil”

March 26, 2015

Jesus continued the model prayer by saying, “’And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” (Matthew 6:13).  James wrote that God does not tempt us to do evil (James 1:13).  Paul explained what He does in relation to temptation and why: “…God is faithful, who will not allow you to be […]

“forgive us our debts”

March 25, 2015

Jesus continued in the model prayer by saying, “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” (Matthew 6:12).  This part of the prayer emphasizes our spiritual dependence on God.  We desperately need His forgiveness, for without it we will die (Romans 6:23). Before we can expect to receive His forgiveness, Jesus […]

“our daily bread”

March 24, 2015

In the model prayer Jesus said, “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11).  This part of the prayer emphasizes our dependence on God for our physical blessings.  It is a daily dependence.  God taught the Isralites this kind of dependence on Him by having them go to bed with no food for the […]

“Your will be done”

March 23, 2015

When Jesus taught the way to pray He said, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10).  While there is a specific way in which the kingdom has already been established (Col 1:13), the general meaning of “kingdom” is that of reign, rule, or dominion.  We need […]

“hallowed be Your name”

March 20, 2015

When teaching how to pray Jesus said, “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name.” (Matthew 6:9).  When we pray we need to keep in mind to whom we are praying, where He is, and what He is. We pray to our Father.  “For you have not received […]

“pray then like this”

March 19, 2015

After telling how not to pray – for show or length (Matthew 6:1-8) – Jesus said, “Pray, then, in this way:…” (:9a).  On another occasion, “it happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray just as John […]

“when you pray”

March 18, 2015

While speaking of things not to do to be seen by men, Jesus said, “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have […]