“Also, when you pray, do not act like the hypocrites, for they like to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the main streets to be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 6 But
when you pray, go into your private room and, after shutting your door, pray to your Father who is in secret. Then your Father who looks on in secret will repay you. 7 When praying, do not say the same things over and over again as the people of the nations
do, for they imagine they will get a hearing for their use of many words. 8 So do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need even before you ask him.
9 “You must pray, then, this way: “‘Our Father
in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. 10 Let your Kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also on earth. 11 Give us today our bread for this day; 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And do not bring us
into temptation, but deliver us from the wicked one.’
Christ, insisted in the reason that impels us to pray God, that is, we mustn’t use the prayer to "Show" before men our spirituality. In addition, in an illustration,
between two kind of prayers, the sincere prayer of the taxes collector and the proud prayer of a Pharisee before God, Jesus Christ said that God only hears the prayers of the humbles and not those of the proud (Luke 18: 9-14).
lesson from the model prayer of Jesus Christ
We must pray to God with sincerity, love and affection, worrying about His Name, which is Holy, considered as sacred and it must be proclaimed in the World through the Good News. We must worry about the realization of God’s purpose on Earth (Matthew 6:9, 10) (King Jesus Christ; The End of Patriotism; The Earthly Administration of the Kingdom of God). Then, we can pray to God, referring specifically to our personal needs, such as the help
in our spirituality and material necessities.
We can express to God our feelings, if it is joy, through a thanksgiving, if we are sad or worried about our situation or a situation of a member of our family, our friends…
we can express it through the sincere prayers (the biblical Book of Psalms is a poetic collection of human feelings expressed to God). Jesus Christ, in the last part of the sentence, encourages us to use prayer to ask God to help us to fight against the temptations
caused by the devil, and that could undermine our integrity before God (Matthew 6: 11-13).
In that prayer Jesus Christ talks about the necessity of the practice of forgiveness in our daily relationship with our neighbor:
“and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (…) For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; 15 whereas if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your
trespasses” (Matthew 6:12,14,15).
The general context of the Gospel of Matthew shows that it is the forgiveness of minor “sins” that are part of the common human relationship, made by more or less involuntary
“sins” which can simply be forgiven, without the necessity of pointing behavior of the person (Compare with Colossians 3:13). Nevertheless, sometimes, it is important to dispel the tension in a relationship with a direct and educated communication
to eliminate tensions as Jesus Christ said in Matthew 5: 23,24. Jesus Christ showed that the quality of our relationship of God, in great part connected with the good relationship with our neighbor (Compare Matthew 5:23,24 with Romans 12:17-21).
However, this systematic forgiveness of Matthew 6:14, 15 doesn’t fall within the scope of the situation mentioned in Matthew 18:15-17: slander, deception, betrayal by adultery, for example, the murder, the crass insult (Matthew 5:22), the very
serious sins that threaten the physical integrity of the person and leave permanent emotional damage. In some cases, the victim will forgive, and in other cases, the victim will not be under obligation to forgive, before God. Thus, as said Jesus Christ, we
must imitate the forgiveness of God who forgives much, but at the same time, doesn’t systematically forgive every sin.
The last point about prayer: Are we obliged to conclude the prayer to God with the words: "through
Jesus Christ (I made this prayer)"? By examining the prayer model and some prayers of the disciples, in the Christian Greek Scriptures, we can answer: not at all (made 2:24, 25; 4:24-30). Therefore, if this expression can be used in our prayers, it is not
biblically required. On the other hand, one must conclude the prayer by an “Amen” (1 Corinthians 14:16).
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