Praying the Message of Jesus does not have a devotional for today (being a leap day). So instead we are including a short devotional from Our Daily Bread on our current chapters in Matthew.
“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.' For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:9–15
Notice the basic themes Jesus teaches us to address when we pray. The prayer begins with worship on several different levels. First, we celebrate our relationship with our Creator that allows us to call Him “our Father.” His exalted nature is brought to mind as we remember that He is in heaven and bears a holy name. When we understand His character and wisdom, it should drive us to long for His purposes and rule to be realized here on earth, in the same way it is in heaven. We are then challenged to look to Him for all our needs. His daily, faithful provision is a source of great comfort and assurance for the child of God.
Right before Jesus gives us what we call the Lord’s Prayer, He says, “your Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matt. 6:8). If God already knows our needs, why is it still important to ask Him? What does prayer mean to you?
Lord, your forgiveness gives me joy. Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! (Psalm 32:1–2)
You can pick up a copy of the Our Daily Bread books for free in the Cypress lobby. Each pocket-sized book contains 3 months of daily, 5 minute devotionals, such as this one. You can also find them online at odb.org or on their Facebook page at facebook.com/ourdailybread/