Intro Paragraph for Foundation of Faith…
The Apostles’ creed is the oldest statement of faith in the Christian church.
Written in the second century AD, it is a unifying script that clearly summarizes our core Christian beliefs. While not specifically found in the Bible, this Creed is a succinct compilation of Biblical tenets and doctrine historically used to teach new believers the basic concepts of the Christian faith. Still recited in churches today, the Apostles Creed serves as compilation of the unifying truths held by Christians around the world.
The Lord's Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer is the most widely cited Christian prayer, and we find its origin in the Book of Matthew 6:9-13 when Jesus instructed His disciples how to pray.
The disciples, being fully Jewish, maintained the rigorous prayer customs; they prayed scripted prayers with high frequency and methodical timing. They knew all of the prayer traditions, but they never heard prayers like Jesus’. When Jesus prayed, it was fresh and relational and the disciples wanted that in their own lives. The Lord’s Prayer was Jesus’ response to His disciples asking Him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” In doing so, Jesus wasn’t attempting to give His disciples another prayer to recite for repetition’s sake, but demonstrate how to relationally pray to God.
Use Jesus’ pattern to form your own prayers:
“Our Father in heaven”: Connect with God relationally.
“Hallowed be Your Name”: Worship God.
“Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”: Pray His agenda for your life, acknowledging that His plans are better than our own.
Give us today our daily bread”: Ask God for the things you need.
“Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors”: Acknowledge & ask forgiveness of your sins, and forgive others who have wronged you.
“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one”: Ask for His help in being victorious over sin and temptation and request his protection from the devil’s attacks.
“For yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever.”: Express faith in God, His power and abilities.
Bible Reading Plans
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