7 “When you pray, don’t pour out a flood of empty words, as the Gentiles do. They think that by saying many words they’ll be heard. 8 Don’t be like them, because your Father knows what you need before you ask. 9 Pray like this:
Our Father who is in heaven,
uphold the holiness of your name.
10 Bring in your kingdom
so that your will is done on earth as it’s done in heaven.
11 Give us the bread we need for today.
12 Forgive us for the ways we have wronged you,
just as we also forgive those who have wronged us.
13 And don’t lead us into temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.
14 “If you forgive others their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you don’t forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:7-15, CEB)
This is a wonderful model for us to learn to pray from. But have you noticed we really don’t use this as a model, but we pray the words above. Jesus didn’t say, “When you pray, say these exact words.” He said, “Pray like this:”
So why then do we have to say these words each week win worship?
Why can’t we use them as a model?
remind me of how different you are.
Help me see your presence all around me here and now
so we will do what you need us to do here.
Make sure everyone has what they need
Help us to acknowledge when we are wrong
and to forgive those who have wronged us
guide us down your path for us
and pull us out of the mud when we willfully walk in. Amen.
That is a model for how we can pray everyday!