7月10日靈修禱文

Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Matthew 6:11-13

Thought

This part of the Lord's Prayer involves 'asking'. We often ask in our prayer according to our needs -- ask God to show the way ahead, ask for healing, ask for provisions ... It's natural to ask God for what we need. But there are sequence and priorities in prayers: First, we should be clear from whom we ask. Then, we utter for what we ask.

Whenever we pray and ask, we seek first God's kingdom and righteousness. If it is not for the reason of drawing close to God in our prayer, our worries in our heart will come out: what do we lack? what is insufficient? These would become incentives for 'asking'. Thus, we are worried because of our plans and things that are unpredictable.

How does Jesus teach us to ask? "Give us today our daily bread" means that at the beginning of a day we immediately look to God for all the needs of the day. Let's think, shouldn't the person who prays fix his eyes on God first? If he focuses on the needs only, how won't he be worried! Jesus asks his disciples to seek first God's kingdom and righteousness, then these things will naturally be solved easily.

Prayer

We ask the Lord to open our eyes to look at the nature around us and admire all of God's creation. Look at the birds of the air and the flowers of the field. The heavenly Father cares for them. Are we not much more valuable than they! We also ask the Lord to teach us to broaden our mind to include fasting and giving, so as to practise love in godliness.
Rev. Eddie Chu

我們日用的飲食、今日賜給我們。免我們的債、如同我們免了人的債。不叫我們遇見試探.救我們脫離兇惡

馬太福音 6:11-13

思想

這是主禱文中間帶祈求的部分,我們禱告往往只按照自己所需要的去求—求神指引前路,求治病,求供應…,為我們的需要求神,本來就自然不過,只是祈求有先後和優次,先認定向誰求,再而講出所求的東西是甚麼。 每當我們禱告祈求,先求神的國和祂的義比求其他東西更重要,因為祈求若不出於親近上帝,向祂禱告時,只會從心中的懸念出發,許多環繞我們內心的東西,甚麽欠缺? 甚麽不足? 都會成為「求」的誘因,因此,我們就因籌算和無法預測的事情而憂慮。 耶穌教我們怎樣求?「我們日用的飲食、今日賜給我們」,這句話含意,每一天開始就仰望神當日一切的需用,試想,求告神的人豈不先著眼於神身上嗎?若只顧眼前的需要,又怎會不憂慮呢! 耶穌要門徒先求神的國和祂的義,這些東西自然迎刃而解了。

禱告

求主助我們放眼大自然,環顧周圍並去聯想神創造的一切,看天上的飛鳥,野地的花朵,尚且得到天父的看顧,何況我們比野地的花和飛鳥貴重得多,求主亦教導我們,擴大一點思想,伸延到禁食和施贈,在敬虔上操練愛心。
朱裕文 牧師
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