一起读经 | 马太福音 6:5-13

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马太福音65-8 你祷告的动机是什么

听:马太福音6:5你们祷告的时候,不可像那假冒为善的人,爱站在会堂里和十字路口上祷告,故意叫人看见。我实在告诉你们,他们已经得了他们的赏赐。6:6你祷告的时候,要进你的内屋,关上门,祷告你在暗中的父,你父在暗中察看,必然报答你。6:7你们祷告,不可像外邦人,用许多重复话.他们以为话多了必蒙垂听。6:8你们不可效法他们。因为你们没有祈求以先,你们所需用的,你们的父早已知道了。

既然在我们祷告之前上帝已经知道我们需要什么,那么我们为什么还应该祷告呢?因为祷告不仅仅是为了向上帝祈求我们所需要的,还有很多可以祷告的。我们不仅仅只是在我们需要什么东西的时候才向上帝祷告,虽然上帝的确鼓励我们把我们所有的需要都抛给他。我们向上帝祷告不是为了让我们自己在别人面前有光彩,或者只是为了让我们自己感觉良好。我们向上帝祷告是因为出于在耶稣里的信心,我们与那位呼召我们把他称为“天父”的上帝有非常亲密的关系。

如果你想学习如何祷告,可以阅读诗篇,并且用诗篇来祷告。我认识的一个牧师说他喜欢在早上用一个诗篇祷告,然后晚上用另一个诗篇祷告。当你用诗篇祷告的时候,你很快就会学习到向上帝倾谈并不仅仅是向他寻求恩惠和帮助。向上帝祷告其实是在他的面前称颂他的威严。向上帝祷告是尊崇他,是赞美他,是因他是大能上帝而喜乐。向上帝祷告是和众圣徒以及天使一起来到王的宝座前,完全沉浸在他的荣耀中。如果我的生命可以重新再来一次的话,我会花更多的时间向上帝祷告。

祷告:父啊,亲爱的天父,作为一个你所喜爱的孩子,我来到你的宝座前祷告。清晨当我醒来的时候,你就在那里聆听我开口说的第一句话;当夜幕降临的时候,你就在那里倾听我对怜悯的祈求。当我陷入困境的时候你比谁都更清楚要为我预备什么样的道路。当我感到空虚迷茫的时候你用救恩的喜乐充满我,使我重新坚立。天父啊,我向你祷告,因为我敬畏你,热爱你,信靠你超过一切。阿门。

Matthew

Listen: Matthew 6:5-8 :  “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

So if God knows what we need before we ask, why should we even bother praying? There is so much more to praying than just asking. We don’t pray to God just when we need something, even though he invites us to cast all our cares on him. We don’t pray to God because we want to look good – either to the people around us or even just to ourselves. We pray to God because through faith in Jesus we have an intimate connection to the one who invites us to call him “Father.”

If you want to learn how to pray, then read the psalms and pray them. One pastor I know said that he loved to pray a psalm in the morning and another in the evening. When you pray the psalms, you will quickly learn that talking to God is more than just asking for favors. Praying to God is contemplating his majesty in his presence.  Praying to God is working through the conflicts in our hearts in God’s presence. Praying to God is exalting him and praising him and rejoicing in what an awesome God he is. Praying to God is joining with all the saints and angels before his throne and being overwhelmed by his glory. If I had my life to live all over again, I would spend more time alone with God in prayer.

Prayer:  Father, dear Father, I come before your throne as your dearly loved child. When I wake in the morning, you are there to hear my first words. When I fall asleep in the evening, you are there to hear my gasps for mercy. When I am in trouble, you know better than I what course to set before me. When my heart is running on empty, you restore to me the joys of salvation. I pray to you Father, because I fear and love and trust in you above all things.  Amen.

马太福音69-13 让主祷文成为你的祷告

听:马太福音6:9所以你们祷告,要这样说。我们在天上的父,愿人都尊你的名为圣。6:10愿你的国降临。愿你的旨意行在地上,如同行在天上。6:11我们日用的饮食,今日赐给我们。6:12免我们的债,如同我们免了人的债。6:13不叫我们遇见试探。救我们脱离凶恶。〔或作脱离恶者〕因为国度、权柄、荣耀、全是你的直到永远,阿们。〔有古卷无因为至阿们等字〕

如果你翻开路加福音第11章对比一下那里面的主祷文,你会发现这两个主祷文并不是一模一样的。耶稣给我们这个主祷文并不是想让我们每次祷告的时候,一遍又一遍地使用完全一模一样的语言,而不加以思考。耶稣是在教我们怎么祷告,为什么祷告,如何发自内心地祷告。当你晚上要睡觉想用主祷文祷告的时候,试着用心、用你的思想,而不是重复这些文字。换句话说就是把这主祷文变成你自己的,比如像下面这样:

祷告:父啊,亲爱的天父,感谢你让我做了你的儿女。当我受洗归入基督的时候,你就“收养”了我。我知道我永远是属于你的,你也是我的。

我祷告,在我的一生中我会活出你亲爱孩子的模样,凡事荣耀你的名。求你使我脱离罪恶和不信,特别是那些会给你的名带来污秽的事情。

我感谢你让我做了你的儿女,让我能够继承你的国度。请求你帮助我,让我在你的圣道中每天都有属灵的成长。我也祷告你能帮助我身边不信的人,让他们像我一样认识你、信靠你。愿你的话语传遍整个地球,希望每天都有新的儿女进入你的天国。

我祷告你的旨意能够成就在地上和我的生活中,就像成就在天堂里一样。请你教我对罪说“不”,并按你赐给我的新人来生活。请你带领我脱离各种各样的假冒为善,让我不至于成为一个外表光鲜的信徒。

求你赐给我日用的饮食和我生活所需要的一切,使我满足于我所拥有的一切,让我有一颗能够慷慨地与人分享的心。

请你原谅我一切的罪,也请你感动我的心去原谅我的弟兄姊妹们。请你教我如何去爱我的仇敌,这样我就可以有机会向他们传福音。

当我每天面对各种各样试探的时候,求你赐给我力量,尤其是在xx方面。我知道你会站在我旁边,求你派你的天使保护,让邪恶在我里面没有得胜的权柄。求你让我脱离身体和心灵的一切邪恶。当我的生命处于困境时,让我可以更靠近你,让我可以看到我眼前长远的路,让我在你的怀抱中永远平安。

亲爱的天父上帝,我所祈求的这一切都是奉耶稣的名,我知道你在天堂和地上掌管一切,我相信你已经听到了我,并且会为我预备对我来说最好的。奉耶稣的名祈求,阿门。

Matthew

Listen: Matthew 6:9-13  “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come,your will be done,on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’

If you look at the Lord’s Prayer in Luke 11, you will see that they don’t match up exactly. The point is that Jesus did not give us this prayer so that we can have the exact words to pray over and over and over again, even without thinking.  He was teaching us how to pray and what to pray for, from our heart. When you go to bed at night and pray the Lord’s Prayer, try praying it from your heart, using the thoughts, but not the exact words. In other words, make it your own.  Something like this:

Prayer:  Father, dear Father, thank you for making me your child. You adopted me when I was baptized and clothed with Christ, and I know that I am yours forever and you are mine. I pray that in my life, I would always make your name holy by living as your dear child. Keep me from sin and unbelief and especially from anything that would bring dishonor to your name.  I thank you for making me your child and an heir of your kingdom. Help me to grow in my faith daily through your Word. I also pray for …, that you would help them to know you as I do and come to faith in you.  Let your word be proclaimed in all the world so more will be added to your kingdom daily. I pray that your will be done here on earth, and in my life, as it is in heaven. Teach me to say “no” to sin and to live according to the new self you have put in my heart. Keep me from every kind of hypocrisy lest I only put on a good face for believing. Give me my daily bread and all that I need for this life.  Make me content with what I have and give me a generous heart to share with others. Forgive me all my sins, my many sins, and move my heart to forgive my brothers and sisters as well. Teach me even to love my enemies so that I might reach them with the gospel.  For all the temptations that I face today, give me strength, especially in regard to …. .  I know that you will stand with me. Send your angels to protect me so that the wicked foe will have no power over me.  And from every evil of body or soul, deliver me.  In the hard times of my life, then let me only draw closer to you and look ahead to the time when I will be safe in your arms forever.  I ask this all, dear Father, in Jesus’ name, knowing that you reign over all things in heaven and in earth.  I am confident that you have heard me and will do what is best for me.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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