(Matt 6:9) “ After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” How many Christians really understand and utilize the privilege of prayer. Jesus himself spent hours daily in prayer and at times entire nights, and yet we sometimes fail to see the importance of it. Prayer is not a complicated thing, in fact God desires not our eloquence in it, but rather just our simple sincerity. In the sermon on the mount, Jesus instructed his disciples; 1) To Pray To “Our Father in heaven.” The focus of our prayers must always be directed at Jesus’s Father “in heaven.” This was mentioned first so that the disciples would learn to respect his Father’s position and see that all answers to prayer come directly from Him in heaven. You see, the purpose of prayer is not just to petition God, but it also is used by God to bend the will of man on earth to be in agreement with God’s will “in heaven.” For, “Our Father” is in charge” not us. Also, by the use of the words “Our Father,” the disciples learned that God is a Father to many, and not just a few, for God is listening to the prayers of all men. 2) “Hallowed Be Thy Name.” The word “hallowed” implies “most holy, and most respected,” Next to God himself, the most holy thing in heaven or on earth is His Name. Jesus wanted his disciples to understand that His Father deserves respect and adoration. When we come to God in prayer, we’re not talking to the “big guy upstairs,” or just another man. No, we’re talking to “The Most Holy God” of heaven. Man wants to bring God down to our level, but those who love the Lord know that He must be exalted and respected by us first, before we can expect to be heard.
(Matt. 2:11) “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts;...” Christmas is all about the giving of gifts ; God gave the world Jesus (Jn.3:16), and here we see the wise men giving gifts as well. I think that in many ways, gifts are the real reason that the world enjoys Christmas time, but to those of us that understand God’s purpose in sending His Son Jesus, we love this season for a different reason. The Biblical account doesn’t say how many wise men came from the east seeking Jesus, but it does tell us that they gave three different types of gifts; 1) Gold . In Jesus’ day gold was given to honor new kings, and to increase their wealth. Gold also represents the very best that God had to give to us but also the very best man should give to God. 2) Frankincense was the incense burned in the temple of Solomon. It represented praise, pra