When Jesus' disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray He warned them against making a display of their praying in order to be seen of men. They should retire to their "inner chamber" and pray to the Father who sees in secret and rewards openly. Then He said, "After this manner therefore pray." The Lord's Prayer was given as a sample: not to be followed literally. It is a petition according to the American revision; but according to Fenton's translation it is a series of affirmations, as follows:
"Our Father in the Heavens; Your Name must be being hallowed;
"Your kingdom must be being restored;
"Your will must be being done, both in Heaven and upon the Earth.
"Give us to-day our to-morrow's bread;
"And forgive us our faults, as we forgive those offending us, for You would not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from its evil."
As in all matters where we seek divine help we are free to use any words we choose or no words at all.
"Prayer is the soul's sincere desire,
Uttered or unexpressed."
Prayer in man is a conscious expression of the upward trend of nature found everywhere. So every impulse or desire of the soul for life, love, light, is a prayer.
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