When Jesus taught us to pray after the manner of the Lord's Prayer, it was a guideline and model for praying perfect prayers to the Father. He did not intend for us to pray it out of form, ritual, only from memory or off the top of our head. It isn't some meaningless, mindless recitation you pray when you don't know what else to pray.
It was meant to be prayed, and any other prayer we pray, from the heart. It was meant to be prayed in sincerity. It was meant to be prayed in faith. It was meant to be prayed with reverence.
How do you pray it? How do you pray any prayer to the Father? Do you pray it from memory only and don't give much thought to what you are saying? Do you consider it a "stand by" that you pull out when you know you need to pray but don't feel like it? Do you think you can "throw it up to heaven" and feel justified that you "have prayed"? When you pray those words, "Thy will be done", do you really mean them?
I believe we should pray the Lord's Prayer-- I do myself often. But when we pray it, we should do so from the heart and in faith.
Have a great day. When you pray the Lord's Prayer, are you just reciting words or is it coming from your heart?
For further reading:
Matthew 6:9-13; 15:8
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