Thursday, January 8, 2015

Matthew 6 How should we pray?

Read Matthew 6

Jesus gives this example of prayer, I once taught a Sunday School class from The Cotton Patch gospels that translated it like this; "When you pray, say, 'Father, may your name be taken seriously. May your Movement spread. Sustaining bread grant us each day. And free us from our sins, even as we release everyone indebted to us. And don't let us get all tangled up.’" An earthy translation. It's not the words so much as the attitude, many teach the ACTS pattern of prayer, Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. I heard a tape made by J Edwin Orr where he said; "If a man prays for three minutes you pray with him, if he prays another three minutes you pray for him, if he prays another three minutes you pray against him." It's not how many times we say God or Father, it's not trying to remember all of the people that have asked us to pray or the places in the world that need prayer. The most powerful prayers are sometimes just a few words, God save us. Sometimes there aren't any words at all. Simply the act of going to God, recognizing that He is sovereign in all things is a powerful prayer.  

Today's workout. Step, sand bag, windmill, jump rope, grapevine, high knee. 6 moves, 36 intervals.

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