The Lord’s Prayer or Disciple’s Prayer?
Most Christians are familiar with what is known as the “Lord’s Prayer.” At the church, I attend it is recited every week, and of course, the words are posted on the screens for everyone to see. As the congregation recites the prayer I asked myself, do most of us know the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer? Has it become a mindless set of words we know by heart and can recite from memory at any time? With that said, I want to dedicate a few posts to really looking at what we call the Lord’s Prayer. What do these verses mean?
The Lord’s Prayer is found in Matthew 6: 9-13. I will be using the KJV Bible version since we are probably most familiar with the words.
“After this manner, therefore, pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”
The Lord’s Prayer is part of the Sermon on the Mount in which Jesus is teaching to a great multitude that has gathered to hear him preach. In Chapter 6 beginning in verse 5 Jesus begins to teach about prayer. He tells the crowd not to be like the hypocrites and always pray out loud just to draw attention to themselves. They are just seeking the admiration of people and they have the wrong motives. Jesus is not forbidding public prayer, it is the motive behind their prayers he is condemning.
Most bodies of believers practice corporate prayer on a regular basis, it is the attitude or motive for our prayer that is important. One book I was reading pointed out that it is ironic that Jesus calls people out on public prayer when the Lord’s Prayer is, without doubt, the most-often-repeated-without-meaning passage in the Bible. People will recite it without reverence or knowing what it means. This is the Disciples’ Prayer as the Lord never prayed for forgiveness of his sin since he was sinless and could forgive sin himself. He was teaching his disciples how to pray, a model they should use.
Here is the beginning of verse 9 in several different versions or translations of the Bible:
• “Pray, then in this way” (NASB)
• “Pray like this” (NLT)
• “Therefore, you should pray like this” (CSB)
• “Pray like this” (ESV)
• “In this manner, therefore, pray:” (NKJV)
The Bottom Line
As the text shows, this was just a model Jesus gave us to pray by, it was never meant to be a substitute for our personal prayers. God is a personal God, he wants our heartfelt prayers and admiration expressed to him, not just something we recite off the top of our heads. Use the Lord’s Prayer to be a model your own personal prayers, do not let it become a substitute for them.
David Bryan MTS, MDIV
In the first blog of this series, I talked about sleep and the health consequences of not getting enough. In this second part, I want to discuss how much sleep you need and ways to tell if you are getting the amount your body needs. The bottom line is most of us need more sleep!
When President Clinton first ran for office, he declared that he went forty-eight hours without sleep because of his passion to become the President. Later, after a series of scandals, President Clinton changed his mind about sleep. He said that every important mistake he had made in his life he made because of his lack of sleep.
For most adults getting the proper amount of sleep is challenging. So, what is the magic number, as adults we should get seven to nine hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. Most people find that eight hours is a good number to shoot for. But, most Americans do not get the proper amount, the latest statics show that over sixty-eight percent of adults don’t sleep enough. I just read that not getting the proper amount of sleep over a period of time can shorten your lifespan by eight to ten years.
One big problem is that instead of getting the proper amount of sleep, we feast on energy drinks. In
2017 Red Bull Energy Drink had sales of 2.92 billion us dollars. The problem with energy drinks or pills is they increase your heart rate and if consumed too much it can cause the same symptoms as a heart attack. This makes getting enough sleep even harder because your body is hyped-up on caffeine.
Getting enough sleep is like charging your cell phone. If you don’t totally charge your cell phone, it will not last all day. You are like that cell phone if you do not get enough sleep your body will run out of energy. Getting seven to nine hours of sleep will recharge your body and it will provide the energy you need to make it through the day.
Here are some questions to ask yourself about your sleep:
- Do you need an alarm clock to wake up in the morning?
- Are you irritable or easily agitated? (Ask your spouse?)
- Do you run out of steam in the middle of the day?
- Are you unable to get the worries of the day off your mind?
- Do you get drowsy while driving short distances or fall asleep at traffic lights?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you probably need more sleep.
by: D.Bryan MTS, MDIV
Let’s face it, most of us do not get enough sleep. Most people only get five or six hours of sleep and the sad thing is many people brag about it. But not getting enough sleep can have some major consequences on our health and life. According to WebMD here are 10 effects of the lack of sleep.
- 1.Sleepiness causes accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that lack of sleep is the cause of 100,000 auto crashes and 1,550 crash-related deaths a year in the U.S. The problem is greatest among people under 25 years old.
- 2. Lack of sleep kills your sex drive. Sleep deprived women and men report lower libidos and loss of interest in sex.
- Sleep loss affects your thinking. Sleep deprivation affects your thinking and learning. It impairs attention, alertness, concentration, problem solving and reasoning.
- Sleep deprivation can cause serious health problems. Heart disease, heart failure, heart attacks, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and irregular heartbeat can all be attributed to lack of sleep.
- Sleepiness is depressing. Over time lack of sleep can cause symptoms of depression and anxiety.
- Lack of sleep ages your skin. Chronic sleep loss can lead to lackluster skin, fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes
- Sleep loss makes you forgetful. Lack of sleep attributes to forgetfulness and memory loss.
- Not enough sleep can make you gain weight.
- Lack of sleep increases the risk of death. Lack of sleep doubles your chance of cardiovascular disease.
- Sleep loss impairs judgement. Sleep-deprived people seem to be especially prone to poor judgment.
In my next blog I will discuss just how much sleep we need, Make getting more sleep a New Year’s resolution. You might be surprised just how much better you feel. If you want to read the entire article click on the link below.
Thanks for taking the time to visit our new blog page, My name is David Bryan and I will be the person writing this blog. I hold a Master’s of Theological Studies and a Master’s of Divinity from Liberty Theological Seminary. The people who founded this company invited me to write this blog for them and I am extremely honored for the privilege.As you probably know this company’s mission is to promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ and they have chosen to do that through a line of active wear they call 3N1Faithfit. I know the owners very well and they are passionate about the product and even more passionate about spreading the good news of Jesus Christ.
There are two subjects this blog will mainly deal with, marriage and health. With both of these subjects there is a vast array of subjects to talk about. I chose these two areas because the people who own this company are extremely passionate about helping couples have the best marriage they can have and of course getting in shape and being healthy. Don’t worry, If you are not married there will still be a tremendous amount of information that will be useful for you as well.
Some of the subjects that we will cover are:
- How to be better husbands and wives
- How to express the love we feel for our spouse
- Losing weight
- Getting fit
- and many more
Please feel free to comment on any post, good or bad. We can not know if what is being posted is helpful if you don’t let us know. Please let me know if their is a particular subject you would like to have more information on. I will be glad to research that topic and give you the information you need. All post will be written from a Christian worldview, so I will be quoting scripture. I will use the New Living Translation, this translation is easy to understand. Again, if you have any comments please let me know through this page or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a Blessed Day!
by: David Bryan MTS, MDIV
3N1 Faith Fit, LLC Launches
Our company was founded in 2017 and is located in North Carolina at the base of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. We as followers of Christ believe strongly in proclaiming to the world that our living God is 3 in 1. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Our family began this journey when God whispered go out and be bold… What better way to be bold and witness to others than to wear “His Word” on our clothing. It’s a tool to begin conversation, witness to others, and proclaim what and in Whom we believe. Our small family of 3 started this company but since the journey began in January we have been blessed with so many friends that have joined our 3N1 faithfit family through prayer, financial support, tech support, finishing products, sales, advertising, blogging, etc.