Read Matthew 6:1-15
As you read the NIV Bible, whenever Jesus is the one speaking, His words appear in red. This includes The Lord’s Prayer.
“Pages filled with a holy message
Sealed with a kiss from heaven…
There is life in the red letters.”
(“The Red Letters”, a song written by Kevin Max)
Like many parts of our life, having a focused attitude and not being distracted is a big part of praying to God. Shouldn’t we concentrate on what we are saying and on our great God who is listening?
Jesus talked about our attitude in prayer, “…don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding.” (Matt. 6:1)
Jesus talked about our attitude when we try to love others, “When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself…When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively.”. (Matthew 6:2-4 MSG)
Taught by Jesus, The Lord’s prayer is a pattern that we can follow when praying. From daily material needs to the ultimate deliverance from all evil, it is extremely useful for Christians. Jesus says “This, then, is how you should pray:” Don’t those words alone make it noteworthy?
I was a high school basketball coach for 20 years. After every single game (over 400 games), our team said the Lord’s Prayer in the locker room. No matter how good or bad the game was, and believe me there was both, we always said the Lord’s Prayer. It was a tradition that worked well and everybody knew the words.
There were times when I was so shook up by the way the basketball game ended, that I couldn’t even remember the words to the prayer. But the players kept going and nobody really noticed. There was another time when a player actually threw up during the Lord’s prayer, but everybody kept praying, although I opened my eyes. We had a game when the opposing coach was ejected from the gym with 6 seconds left. We had a game in 1993 when I was ejected from the gym (my worst moment ever). But I was in the locker room after the game, and we said The Lord’s Prayer. “There is life in the red letters.”
21 DAY PRAYER CHALLENGE
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Day 16: Pray for our Church leaders
Read Ephesians 1:16-19 and 1 Corinthians 15:58. Church leaders need us to pray for them. Take a walk around our church or your favorite spot and ask God to protect our church leaders’ physical, mental, emotional and relational health, as well as their families.