Jesus Christ’s Lesson on Prayer
By Pastor Shane Montgomery
In Matthew 6:5-15, Jesus Christ taught a lesson on prayer. Let's look at it. In verses 5-6, the Lord tells us to pray in our closet, teaching us that He wants us to meet Him in a private place every day.
In verse 7-8, the Lord says not to use “vain repetitions.” God is not impressed when we repeat the same prayer over and over. This is a practice of the heathen, and is not to be part of a Christian’s prayers to Almighty God.
In verse 9, the Lord shows how we are to approach God - recognizing who He is, our Heavenly Father.
In verse 10, the Lord teaches that our prayers must be consistent with His will. We find His will in His word, the Bible. Prayers not consistent with God’s will, as revealed in His Word, will not be granted.
In verse 11, the Lord is teaching us to pray for our daily needs. It is not wrong to pray for and trust God for our needs.
In verse 12, He is teaching us to ask for forgiveness. According to 1John 1:9, we must confess to get our daily sins taken care of so our fellowship with the Father is not hindered.
Verse 12 also teaches us to forgive others. According to the Bible, if we harbor bitterness or unforgiveness, it will hinder our own prayers (see Mark 11:25). According to Ephesians 6:18, we should also pray for others.
In verse 13, we are taught to pray about the area of temptation. As Jesus said in Matthew 26:41, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Every Christian must avail himself of the great privilege of prayer. It is needed to walk closer to God, and it pleases God (see Proverbs 15:8).