Matthew 6:9-14 NIVUK
9 ‘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.”
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
This prayer only makes sense if it’s seen in the context of our Father-Child relationship with God. Without that it’s just a list of demands, and what god is going to respond to mere humans demanding things? But as our Father, faithful in love, he longs to respond to us his children, as he wants the best for us, and longs for us to be and become the people he formed us to be.
Father, help me see prayer not as a duty, but as a joyous conversation with one who loves me.