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你真的禱告嗎? Do you really pray?

「所以,你們禱告要這樣說:我們在天上的父:願人都尊你的名為聖。」(太六9)

這是主耶穌在登山寶訓中,親自教導跟隨祂的信徒如何禱告的話語。這句話,見證了主耶穌在地上傳道三年的生涯中,向自己揀選的門徒見證自己就是神的獨生愛子。見證了神的兒女藉著禱告與父神保持親密的關係,主耶穌基督就是一位禱告的主,給祂的門徒做出了禱告的見證。告訴跟隨自己的門徒:「所以,你們禱告要這樣說─我們在天上的父:願人都尊你的名為聖。」我們是主耶穌的門徒,我們聽見了嗎?我們禱告了嗎?

「你們禱告要這樣說」中的你們,就是所有相信主基督的恩典,得到救贖大恩的人。這些人在使徒行傳中首次被稱為基督徒(徒11:26),基督徒就是相信主基督能夠赦罪,使人稱為聖潔的人;就是聽從主耶穌的命令、跟隨主耶穌的腳蹤、走成聖道路的人;就是相信主耶穌就是生命、道路、真理,委身效仿主耶穌的人。這些人一定會聚集在主耶穌以自己的身體建立的教會當中,讚美祂,敬拜祂,以禱告與主交通,與主同行。藉著禱告,來見證一個屬神的生命。你是基督徒嗎?你禱告嗎?你真的禱告嗎?

禱告要說什麼呢?禱告要說與主相同的話語,禱告要照著主耶穌所教導的語言,開口稱呼「我們在天上的父。」以此來見證主耶穌基督,藉著我們的信心,已帶領我們來到父神的面前。主耶穌基督是神獨生愛子,祂愛我們,藉著自己在十字架上流出的寶血,洗淨了我們的罪,免去了父神的忿怒。因此,使我們能夠坦然無懼地來到主的施恩寶座前,禱告說「我們在天上的父。」以此見證了神賜給我們神兒女的名分。主基督以自己的身體為中保,為給我們搭起父與子之間的橋樑。通過這樣的關係,改變了我們的身份,改變了我們的地位,改變了我們的價值,改變了我們的天地觀,宇宙觀。成為父神的兒女,你向父神禱告嗎?你真的禱告嗎?

禱告要說什麼呢?要說尊主為大,尊主為榮,尊主為聖的話語─就是「願人都尊你的名為聖。」「願人」是禱告之人的心願,出自於完全屬神兒女的口。「尊你的名為聖」則見證被造的人對造物主的感謝和崇敬,則見證主耶穌以將我們分別為聖。因著主基督的恩典,我們能活出一個尊崇主名的生命。一個尊崇主名的生命,就當是一個禱告的生命。你是否尊主的名為聖?你為此禱告嗎?你真的禱告嗎?

聖詩唱出了禱告的生命:「禱告使疲倦者安息,使黑暗變為白晝,當生活愁苦且孤寂,勿忘記禱告。」

「禱告,是讓紅海分開的行動。」(摘自巴刻著《點燃禱告之火》)

Do you really pray?

" This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,’”  (Matt. 6:9)

      Our Lord Jesus taught His followers how to pray in the Sermon on the Mount. This verse is a witness that the Lord Jesus is the only beloved Son of God to His chosen disciples in His three-year ministry on earth. It also shows that God’s children may maintain a close relationship with God the Father through prayer.   Jesus is the Lord of prayer; He gave a testimony of prayer to His disciples. He told His disciples who follow Him, "Therefore, pray like this: Our Father in heaven: May all honor your name."  We, too, are disciples of the Lord Jesus. Have we heard? Have we prayed?

      "This is how you pray"- “You” means all those who believe in Christ and have received the grace of salvation. These people were called Christians for the first time in the book of Acts. (Acts 11:26) Christians are those who believe that the Lord Christ can forgive sins and make people holy. They are those who obey the Lord Jesus' commands, follow in the footsteps of the Lord Jesus, and walk the path of sanctification. They are those who believe that the Lord Jesus is life, the way, and the truth, and commit themselves to imitate the Lord Jesus. Such people will definitely gather in the church that the Lord Jesus built with His own body, praising Him, worshiping Him, fellowshipping with the Lord in prayer, and walking with the Lord. Through prayer, testifying a life that belongs to God. Are you a Christian? Do you pray? Do you really pray?

      What should we pray for? “Hallowed by your name.” Prayer should honor God, glorify God, testify that the Lord Jesus Christ has led us to the Father through our faith before God. The Lord Jesus Christ is the only beloved Son of God. He loves us. Through His blood shed on the cross, He cleansed us of our sins and took away the wrath of God the Father. Therefore, it enables us to come to the Lord's throne of mercy without fear and pray, "Our Father in heaven." In this way, we bear witness of our status as children of God. The Lord Christ uses His body as the mediator to build a bridge between the Father and the Son for us. Through this kind of relationship, He changed our identity, changed our status, changed our value, changed our view of the world and the universe. We became children of God the Father. Do you pray to God the Father? Do you really pray?

     What should we pray for? Words that honor the Lord, glorify the Lord for His holiness. "Hallowed be your name." This is the desire of the person who prays. It comes from the mouth of a child of God. "Hallowed be your name" testifies to the gratitude and reverence from the creation to the Creator. It testifies that we are set apart by the Lord Jesus. Because of the grace of the Lord Christ, we can live a life that honors the Lord's name. A life that honors the name of the Lord is a life of prayer. Do you regard the name of the Lord as holy? Do you pray for this? Do you really pray?

      The hymn sings the life of prayer: "Prayer rests the weary and turns darkness into day. When life is miserable and lonely, do not forget to pray."

"Prayer is an action that separates the Red Sea." (J.I. “Packer:  Praying--Finding Our Way through Duty to Delight)

Rev. Benguang Du  都本光牧師~

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