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The Mystery of Prayer 3

Matthew 6:9, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be thy name”

Jesus Christ in Matthew 6 saw it needful to point his disciples to what must normally be the subject matter and method of every prayer. This was after the disciples realized that their prayers were ineffectual and lacked the capacity to establish the will of God on earth or even produce any meaningful or acceptable result. Meanwhile, they saw Jesus open blind eyes, walk on water, and raise the dead, among other astounding results or miracles. It dawned on them that something was clearly wrong with either what they were praying for or their overall approach to prayer. They then requested the master to teach them how to pray. The first thing Jesus pointed out to them is that they must recognize that their source (father) is heaven.
Matthew 6:9, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be thy name”
This means that we must shut out the world and focus solely on the source of everything (both visible invisible) for our prayer to be effective. Lots of people fail to get results for failure to understand that prayer is a process of spiritual exchange, an interface that establishes the kingdom of God here on earth. Jesus in Matthew 6: 10 prayed, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” He is simply establishing the truth that prayer is a place where we exchange weakness for strength, health for sickness, poverty for riches, sin for righteousness, etc. and all these is just for the establishment of the will of God on earth. This is why he told them in very clear terms not pray for food, clothes, shelter and other terrestrial things. All these things are free/an addition once the kingdom of God comes and His will is established on earth as it is in heaven.
Another important key to an effective Christian prayer life is that we must understand the will of the father. In the previous edition of this bulletin, we pointed out that the bible especially the new testament is not just a religious book as many believe but a legal document representing the last will or testament of Jesus Christ. It therefore follows that anyone that appears before God without an understanding of His “will” may end up in frustration. Just like a lawyer cannot appear before the judge without a clear understanding of the law, it is folly for a believer to appear before God in prayer without knowledge of the appropriate sections of the bible that supports his petition(s).
Any prayer said outside of God’s will is a waste of time. This is why an understanding of Colossians 1:9 is fundamental for producing astounding results in the place of prayer.
Col 1:9, “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
In conclusion, an understanding of the will of God is a critical element in the place of prayer. God must be our source and a believer must appear before him the same way a lawyer appears in court armed with a thorough understanding of the law. Otherwise, our prayers will be repetitious and incapable of establishing the will of God on earth.

God bless you.

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