All DIY projects start with the best intentions. You see a project online or on TV. You head to your local hardware store, get the "necessary" supplies, head home and start. You see that the project is lacking some flare and you head back to the local hardware store and pick up more supplies and head back to finish up. Two days later and a few $100 over budget you finally complete the project. You step back, look at it, and realize it looks nothing like the project.
What happened? Where did I go wrong? Why doesn't it look like the picture? Did you ever think they didn't get it right on the first try either? Maybe they were working off of step-by-step plans and just added their twist to it based on their situation, feelings, or circumstances.
Over the past couple weeks, we've been talking about what it means to follow Christ, how to see what God sees, and what it's like to be a model Christ ambassador. Going forward, we want to equip you for this journey of investigating what it means to live fully committed to Christ OR if you're already living committed to Christ let us give you a handy tool to continue your journey.
It's nothing new, and we're sure you've heard of this before. In Luke 11:1 the disciples ask Jesus to teach them how to pray.
Jesus gives them an abbreviated version of the Model Prayer Matthew 6:9-13. Jesus provides us with a model to follow instead of us having to wing it or DIY it. Let's break it down:
*Note: Read first Matthew 6:5-8
- Matthew 6:9 "This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name"
- Jesus declares that we should begin our prayers by acknowledging God as our heavenly father, respecting and honoring His name
Follow It With
- Matthew 6:10 "Your Kingdom come your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven"
- We need to ask for God's Kingdom to reign on earth
Next, We Need To Ask For
- Matthew 6:11 "Give us today our daily bread"
- It is also appropriate to ask God to give us "our daily bread" aka provide for our physical needs day by day
We Must Also Include
- Matthew 6:12 "And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors"
- Our prayers also ought to include our requests for God to forgive our sins. We also need His grace and love to fill our heart so we can have a forgiving spirit toward others
- Matthew 6:13 "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one"
- We recognize through our prayers that temptation is strong. We need God's strength and guidance on a daily basis to keep us from giving into temptation (Luke 11:4)
Following Christ is not a Do It Yourself process. God intends us to be in community, studying His word, and then sharing/modeling it for others. The same way Jesus did for his disciples.
Don't Do It Yourself. Follow Christ's Model and tap into His guidance, grace, and love.
Thanks and God Bless!