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After This Manner

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Matthew 6:9

1. Jesus was not secretive about his praying; but he did concentrate on it.
2. The context of this prayer is a contrast of hypocrisy and Christian righteousness.
a. Hypocrisy is the misuse of the purpose of prayer (diverting it from the glory of God to the glory of self); verbosity is a misuse of the very nature of prayer (degrading it from a real approach to God into a recitation or repetition of words).
b. Christian righteousness (Beatitudes) is greater (because it is inward), Christian love is broader (because it includes your enemies), and Christian prayer is deeper (because it is sincere and thoughtful) more than anything non-Christian is.

I. This is a Pattern.
A. “Pray this way.” In Luke, the disciples asked, “Teach us to pray.” Therefore, this becomes a model.
B. This is not to be recited “over and over” because He just warned about “vain less repetitions.”
C. Nowhere is this prayer used in a repetitious or ritualistic way.
1. Prayer beads or Rosaries are used by members of various religious traditions such as Roman Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity, Anglicanism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Baha’i Faith to count the repetitions of prayers, chants or devotions. They may also be used for meditation, protection from negative energy, or for relaxation.
2. Prayer beads may have physical, metaphysical, and psychological effects on their users. Since the beads are fingered in an automatic manner, they allow the user to keep track of how many prayers have been said with a minimal amount of conscious effort, which in turn allows greater attention to be paid to the prayers themselves.
3. The number of beads also varies depending on the different religions, Islamic prayer beads, called “Tesbih,” “Tasbih” or “Misbaha,” usually have either 99 or 33 beads. Buddhists and Hindus use the Japa Mala, which usually has 108 beads, or 27, which are counted four times. Baha’i prayer beads consist of either 95 beads or 19 beads strung with the addition of five beads below. The Sikh Mala also has 108 beads. The Greek “komboloi” has an odd number of beads—usually one more than a multiple of four, e.g. (4×4) +1, (5×4) +1. Roman Catholics use the “Rosary” (Latin “rosarium”, meaning “rose garden”) with 54 with an additional five beads whereas Eastern Orthodox Christians use a knotted “Rosary” with 100 knots, although “prayer ropes” with 50 or 33 knots can also be used. Although Anglicans have not in the past used rosaries, in the 1980s Rev. Lynn Bauman from the Episcopal Church in the United States introduced a Rosary for Anglicans with 33 beads. (Wikipedia)

II. Pray ye – this way.
A. Pray in the closet. Jesus had no room. Pray in every place
B. Pray regularly, habitually, and especially.
C. Pray in any attire. You do not need a prayer robe; your bathrobe will do just fine.
D. Pray in any posture, but do not do any posturing to be seen.
E. Pray but do not be like them, v. 8a.
F. Pray for God is neither ignorant, so that we need to instruct Him, nor hesitant, so that we need to persuade Him. He is our Father, a Father who loves his children and knows all about our needs, v. 8b.

III. These are the Principles.
A. The prayer is divided into halves.
1. God’s concern – thy name, thy kingdom, thy will
2. Our concerns – give us, forgive us, and deliver us.
B. Consider the prayer as a whole.
1. Hallowed (holy) is his name vs. our little name.
2. His Kingdom compared to our little empire, bossing, influencing people.
3. His will vs. us always wanting our way and getting upset when frustrated.
4. Give us our daily bread is a way to end luxury and questionable means of getting money.
5. Forgive us is the condition on which we retain the blessing is in the imitation of it, Luke 7:41 and Matthew 18:23.
6. Lead and deliver us, 2 Timothy 4:18.
C. Some observations about parts of the prayer
1. All of our human need is mentioned in this prayer.
2. There is an allusion to the Trinity
3. We need someone to give us our daily bread; forgive our sins; and lead us out of and deliver us from the temptation and evil from which we just asked to be forgiven.

• The focus is on God!
• Prayer is not trying to get God to agree with us or to provide for our selfish desires. Prayer is affirming God’s sovereignty, righteousness, and majesty and seeking to conform our desires and purposes to His will and glory.

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