In “The Power in Simplicity – Part 1”, we briefly explored how Jesus provided power through simplicity. When you read all of the accounts of Jesus ministering to people, they were not complicated rituals where he spoke in words or depth that the hearer could not understand. He just declared who He is and then He healed, provided and gave revelation. Power was demonstrated through simplicity.
This concept is also true when it comes to prayer. We began exploring the powerful simplicity demonstrated in the Lord’s Prayer, found in Matthew 6:8-13. Now, let’s finish what we started.
“Give us today our daily bread…” – we all have a need for daily food. In fact, some of you who are reading this blog may already feel hungry! God, as caring and loving as He is, will always provide for the needs of His Family. Knowing that He is gracious, Jesus just requests that God provides the need we all have on a daily basis. This statement is also an example of how simple it is for us to make our requests known to God. He hears and knows our need even before we ask!
“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors….” – this is an important statement. Jesus knew that forgiveness is an important requirement to getting prayers answered. God is gracious, forgiving and long-suffering therefore He wants us to forgive one another also. The simple point for us to understand from this statement is that we should forgive one another if we want forgiveness for ourselves.
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one…” – Satan’s purpose is to tempt us and cause us to fall out of alignment with God. He uses deceptions, lies, jealousy and other tools to tempt us and try to get us to sin against God. Jesus knew this so He asks for God’s help to avoid the traps of Satan. It is a simple request that only God can honor. With the amount of temptation in the world today, we should daily ask Him to deliver us.
You see, if you pray to God in a similar manner without ritual but with simplicity and sincerity, you will see your prayers answered. His prayer outline is simply seeking the Kingdom and then knowing everything else will be added. Keep in mind that a king must provide for the needs of those in his kingdom. Because God is greater than all, be assured that He will work on your behalf therefore we should all want His Kingdom come, His will be done.
When you pray, make it simple!