Yahshua’s Instructions for Prayer
When you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the street, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you they have their reward. Matthew 6:5 (KJV)
How should we Pray?
Pray to your Father, which is in secret, and your Father which see in secret shall reward you openly. Matthew 6: 6 (KJV)
When you pray, use not vain repetitions as the heathen do, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not like unto them, for your Father knows your needs, before you ask Him. Matthew 6:7-8 (KJV)
Question: What Father is Yahshua referring?
"Our Father, which art in Heaven" Matthew 6:9
Note: Hypocrites are “actors” who seek praise from people. In the nearby city of Sephoris, which was a metropolis as compared to Nazareth, it is quite possible that Yahshua and Joseph, His earthly father journeyed there for carpentry or stone work. Sephoris was a prosperous city with lots of entertainment, one of which was acting. The actors would provide entertainment to be praised by people. Since our Holy Father, which is in Heaven, already knows what we need, our words should be few, and void of prating or jabber; in other words, endless vain repetitory words.. Our prayers should be graced with humility and reverence for our Holy and Righteous Father.
In what Manner should we Pray?
Yahshua stated: After this manner therefore pray: Our Father, which art in Heaven, hallowed be your Name. Your Kingdom come, your will be done, in earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen
Matthew 6:9-14 (KJV)
Note: After reverencing our Holy Father, we pray for His Kingdom to come, and that His “will” be done in earth, as it is already being done in Heaven. His “will” on earth is a righteous earth with righteous people i.e. no dishonor to parents, no stealing, killing, coveting, false witnessing, no adulterers. Wow! (review Exodus chapter 20 regarding the 10 commandments)
We pray only for this day’s bread; yesterday is gone, tomorrow is in the future, so we pray for our present day’s necessities. Also, forgiveness is vital for breakthrough prayers (Mark 11:25-26). Pray to be delivered from evil, and we close our prayer by giving our Holy Father the glory, by acknowledging that the kingdom, the power and the glory is His.
Note: An indebth study can be found by clicking on "Teach us to Pray" located in the "Prayer Clinic" room