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Below is the message for Week 42 from the book Glorious Messages About God & Freedom. Please use this message as your devotional this week for the UNLEASH GOD'S FULL POWER TRAINING PROGRAM and visit this page whenever you need to read the message that goes along with each week of the year as you proceed thorough this training program to UNLEASH GOD'S FULL POWER IN YOUR LIFE AND IN OUR WORLD!

THIS WEEK'S MESSAGE:
The Lord’s Prayer IS The Perfect Prayer!

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Today on this glorious Sunday of our Lord Jesus Christ I would like to discuss the prayer that Jesus Himself gave to us as THE example of how we should pray to our Father in Heaven. What is now commonly referred to as the “Lord’s Prayer” or the “Our Father” is not only the perfect way for us to pray but can also serve as a model that we can use for all of our prayers. Since prayer is how we are able to communicate and connect with our God it is absolutely essential that we know how to do it properly and fortunately for us our Lord Jesus gave us very specific instructions.
During the Sermon on the Mount as recorded in Matthew 6:5-13 Jesus taught the people how to properly pray by telling them:
“And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
After this manner therefore pray ye:”
What Jesus says right before He gives His example of how to pray is the most important part to remember when praying: “for your Father knoweth what things you have need of, before you ask him.” God already knows us better than we know ourselves (Psalm 139) and all that is necessary is that we connect with Him and open our hearts to Him in prayer. Even when we do not think we can even find the words to express our deepest desires that we are trying to communicate to God it does not matter because the Holy Spirit will help us: “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”(Romans 8:26) Because our Father in Heaven already knows what we need our prayers should be more than just self-serving and should reflect our love and reverence for God and our desire to participate with Him in His love for humanity and all of this is perfectly exemplified in the Lord’s prayer.
Being that the Lord’s Prayer is THE PERFECT PRAYER because it came from Jesus it should be our model for all of our prayers as well as our default prayer during those times of great need when we are so desperate for God that His own words are all that we have left within us in which to cry out to Him. In the poem below that I wrote several years ago you can see just how much the Lord’s prayer has always meant to me during my life in my own relationship with God:

THE LORD'S PRAYER IS MY PRAYER

                                    When I'm tired and all alone,
                                    There's a prayer I've always known.
                                    Our father who art in Heaven,

                                    With words given from above,
                                    To help us know His abiding love.
                                    Hallowed be Thy name.

                                    A simple prayer, yes indeed,
                                    But I've learned it's all I need.
                                    Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,

                                    Sometimes I desire to say more,
                                    But I realize nothing else can implore.
                                    On earth as it is in heaven.

                                    Because the Father knows our need,
                                    Well before we come to Him and plead.
                                    Give us this day our daily bread.

                                    He knows our deepest pain,
                                    And can free us from any chain.
                                    And forgive us our debts,

                                    He also knows what we forget,
                                    In focusing only on our own debt.
                                    As we forgive our debtors.

                                    The only one who understands,
                                    And guides us with His loving hands.
                                    Lead us not into temptation,

                                    He has already won the fight,
                                    Against the forces of the night.
                                    But deliver us from evil.

                                    Now He only wants to share,
                                    His great love beyond compare.
                                    For thine is the kingdom,

                                    Glorious God of the Universe,
                                    Who gave to us this simple verse.
                                    And the power,

                                    Speak it well with all your soul,
                                    And He will again make you whole.
                                    And the Glory, forever.

                                    Thank you Lord for your love,
                                    And for teaching us to speak in love.
                                    Amen.


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