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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Lord's Prayer...A Model of JOY!

             Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Jesus is our model….let’s strive to become more like Him every day.

            In Matthew 6:9-13, we find His model for prayer.  Often we refer to it as “The Lord’s Prayer” because Jesus used this as a teaching tool to share the importance of prayer with his disciples…and as a model for us. Listen to these familiar words:

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.

            How many of you memorized this as a child? I remember reciting this together with my fellow students in public school when I was growing up!  How sad that our students these days are not allowed this same privilege!  But we can teach them the importance of prayer by modeling it in our homes and daily lives. As Jesus tells us in the Word of God, we should:

         The Lord’s Prayer is a beautiful model of joy in the Lord. Pray without ceasing!

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