"Always pray with reverence to the Lord and without fear" by: Caleb Gibson

   The Lord’s Prayer is the most familiar prayer we have heard. People everywhere have heard it, yet it holds so much truth. 
   It’s similar to how people live by a train. 
   If you never were around one you may say, “Do you hear that sound?” 
   “What sound?” they may reply. You will tell them, “The train! The train! How do you not hear it?” 
   They’ll say, “Oh, well I live by it. I hear it all the time, so I am not aware of it.” 
   In a way to look at the Lord’s Prayer is to see what we have become used to. 
   Let’s look at the first part of the Lord’s Prayer.
   Jesus once said, “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven….And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors…“(Matthew 6:9-13).
   Now the Lord’s Prayer is actually not a prayer that Jesus would have spoken. 
   Because Jesus never sinned, He would have no need to ask for forgiveness. 
   It was really a prayer for the Jews at that time. The four gospel books are transitional books. 
   We are transitioning from the old covenant to the new covenant. John 17 is the proper Lord’s Prayer. 
   This was when Jesus prayed during the Last Supper. It’s a great chapter, but not to nit-pick, we will keep it the same. 
   John 17 is properly known as the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus. John 17:1-3 tells us, “Jesus spoke these things; and over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. 
   “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
   Allow yourself to pray without fear. You don’t have to speak the perfect words because God sees your heart. 
   Sidlow Baxter once said, “Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers.” 
   Take time to pray for others. 
   It can be hard at first, but take time to get to know God. 
   A child doesn’t know any facts or statistics about their parents. 
   They cannot explain statistics of the height or age of those around them. 
   But even a small child can know the voice and face of their father. In the same way let’s approach God with child-like faith. 
   Jesus could have started this off by saying: our Creator, Lord, God, Wisdom, or Leader who is in heaven. 
   Yet Jesus did not start with any of these. Instead He told them to begin pray by saying, “Our Father.” 
   Prayer is about knowing God. The objective of prayer is not always to change something, it is to change me. 
   Speak to God with reverence and with a knowledge that He is your Father.  

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