The Lord's Prayer is not meant for recitation but as a guide for your personal prayer. So, if you recited this for prayer, you are not praying at all because prayer must come from the heart and not from the mind.
But take note that memorizing and praying The Lord's Prayer is not bad only if you really mean those words. However, our generation is different.
Before you read the The Lord's Prayer in the Bible, Jesus first said in Matt 6:9, "This, then, is how you should pray." He said how (This is HOW you should pray), and not what (This is WHAT you should pray). Which only means that He is going to show how to pray and not what to pray.
Hence, The Lord's Prayer is not meant to be prayed but to serve as a guide on how we pray to God.
It goes like this:
1. Address on whom are you praying. "Our Father in Heaven, Holy be your name."
2. Pray for God's will in your life and not your plans. "Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,"
3. Ask for things you need. "Give us today our daily bread,"
4. Confess and forgive. "Forgive us our sins as we also forgive those who sinned against us."
5. End with asking for guidance and protection. "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one."
So, stop praying the The Lord's Prayer and start praying in your personal way
Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
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On Easter and Passover...
Pref: ASKING FOR ADVISE. I am new to Christianity, Judaism and just generally coming to know God and/or Jesus. Everything I ask here comes from a place of genuine curiosity, interest and ultimate ignorance of faith.
As I read more of the bible and also think more about upcoming Easter, I am increasingly disinterested in celebrating. I understand that Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Obviously this is something worth celebrating, if you recognize Jesus as your savior and the messiah...the jury is still out for me on this one.
However, I also recognize that the current way "Christians" celebrate Easter has nothing to do with the resurrection. Dyeing chicken eggs (something I am opposed to on a moral level) and including a giant bunny in the celebration?? What does this have to do with the resurrection?
If anything, I am more interested in celebrating Passover this year. Reading the story in the bible filled me with so much joy and brought me to tears! Celebrating the liberation of Jewish people by God and Moses is much more interesting and joyous to me than participating in modern celebration of what we call "Easter."
I would love some advise from Jews, Christians, and believers in general on their takes on the situation.
How do you feel about those who are new to coming to know God celebrating Easter or Passover?
How do YOU celebrate this time to honor YHWH and/or Yeshua?
Have you modified celebrations to honor in your own way as you feel called to do?
Don't hold back....I would love to hear all points of view :)
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What Satan fears most is a child of God in prayer. It’s no wonder that he distracts them by putting thoughts like, “It’s no use fighting anymore. You are too weak.”
The devil wants you to take your eyes off the victory of the cross. He wants to turn your focus onto your weaknesses, your sins, your shortcomings. He wants to make you believe you aren’t strong enough to go on. Your strength, however, is not the point - You must remember Jesus is your strength, your victory. Jesus has given you weapons that are for pulling down strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
We have been equipped with weapons that Satan cannot withstand: The Word of God, prayer, fasting and faith. Above all, Jesus is with you to fight the battle on your behalf. STAND BOLDLY! STAND FIRM! You will see the victory soon!
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