By Ray Pritchard
Pastor Ray contends there are 3 primary files to the Christian religion. The Apostles’ Creed tells us what we think. the 10 Commandments tells us the best way to behave. The Lord’s Prayer tells us how one can pray. The Lord’s Prayer, as taught to His disciples through Jesus, stands because the important prayer of the Christian religion. regrettably, so much believers have devoted the Lord’s Prayer to reminiscence yet have by no means tested it heavily for themselves. It has both been taken with no consideration as part of church liturgy or neglected thoroughly. however the fact of the Lord’s Prayer is that every thing we have to pray approximately is contained in these short 5 verses in Matthew bankruptcy 6.
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And in many parts of the world, believers are routinely harassed, arrested, beaten, and sometimes put to death. But in many Western countries, Christians are simply ignored because we look too much like the population at large. In the early church Christians were thrown to the lions. In too many cases today, we've joined in a limited partnership with the people who own the lions. To say this is not to suggest that we should pray for persecution or that we should adopt some sort of martyr complex.
God's name is not hallowed when . . • More than a million babies are killed through abortion every year in America. • Crack cocaine is sold like candy on street corners. • Homosexuality is celebrated as a natural and normal way of life. • The divorce rate nearly equals the marriage rate. • We laugh and giggle at sex on TV when instead we ought to blush. • God's people think nothing of attending filthy movies. • We take God's name in vain and laugh at dirty jokes. • We cheat on our income tax and joke about it.
The phrase itself sounds like it belongs back in the twelfth century. We really don't know what to do with it in the twenty-first century. Our other problem is that we don't know what it means. Since we don't know what it means, we're not really sure what we're praying for. " Daily bread. Now that's something that makes sense to us. But it's of paramount importance to note that Jesus didn't begin with the part we understand—like bread and forgiveness. He starts with the part we don't understand.