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Daily Bible Verse - 11/30/2007 - Matthew 6:9-10

NIV 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.
KJV After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
NASB Pray, then, in this way:
Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:9-10

In this manner does not mean to pray using only these words, but to pray in this way. People often reduce this prayer to empty recitation-exactly what the Lord said not to do (v. 7).

Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson's new illustrated Bible commentary (Mt 6:9-10). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

Did you know?
The Jews did not address God directly as Father but used this personal title to describe God's relationship to Israel or to refer to Him as Creator. "Our Father" was a new title used by Jesus, who chose the term "Abba" (carrying the more intimate sense of "daddy") and invited all who belong to Him to do the same (see Gal. 4:6).

Thomas Nelson, I. (1997, c1995). Woman's study Bible . (Mt 6:9). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Daily Bible Verse - 11/29/2007 - 1 John 5:14

NIV This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
KJV And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
NASB This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
1 John 5:14

When we know that we have eternal life, needless to say, we can go before the Lord with confidence. John describes this confidence in verses 14, 15. We know that if we ask anything according to God's will, He hears those prayers and will answer them. Indeed we should fear to pray for anything that is not in accordance with His will. Perhaps someone will say, "But how can I know the will of God?" In a general way, the answer is that God's will is revealed to us in the Sacred Scriptures, and so we should study the word in order that we might know better what God's will is and how we can pray more intelligently.

MacDonald, W., & Farstad, A. (1997, c1995). Believer's Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments (1 Jn 5:14). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Faith in Practice
Jesus had once told His disciples, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and truth shall make you free" (John 8:31, 32). The truth of which Jesus spoke could only be known by keeping Jesus' words, for God's truth is to be experienced rather than simply comprehended. Thus we come to "know" God's truth by doing His will. Unlived truth has little meaning to the believer and none at all to those in the world.
The wonderful promise Jesus gave His disciples is that the Holy Spirit will guide believers into the will of God, and that in living that truth we are set free.

Richards, L., Pegoda, D., & Gross, P. (2001). Every teaching of Jesus in the Bible. Includes index. (171). Nashville: T. Nelson.