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The False Worship and the Misuse of the Lord's prayer

The False Worship and the Misuse of the Lord's prayer

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Jesus commands His followers thus, “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds beforemen, to be seen by them, otherwise you have no reward from your Father in Heaven.” Matt 6:8. Here, Jesusseems to disapprove the manner in which Jewish religion carried the worship of God where the centralelements were
1.Alms giving2.prayer and3.Fasting
 The question of 
Mt 6:7-8
is to show the right way to go about religious observations. Jesus’ disciples wereaware of how the Jewish worship of God was conducted, and so in their minds, they probably thought thatChrist would adapt the same manner of worship. But as He was heard by them criticizing that manner of Jewish worship of God, they demanded from Him to teach them the right way to go about prayer to theFather, which He thought would be rewarded by Him. However according to the words of Jesus in
Mt 6:1-8
, the issue of this central elements in Jewish worship of God i.e. alms giving, prayer and fasting is notwhether you should do them, but how and why. However, the purpose of this Jewish religion that isliturgically done (repeated several times) seems to push God to make notice of the requests so as to rewardthem accordingly. So, the aim of the Jewish manner of worship, which still seems valid to the religion of flesh today, is to secure rewards from God. This is a reward that those who observe this kind of religionthink would come through ostentatious or an exaggerated religion of shouting liturgies and in repetition of words, just the way heathens do (
Mt 6:7, 1 Kings 18:26
).But according to Jesus, as inferred from His words in
Mt 6:1-8,9-15
, the Jewish way of worshipalso adapted by other religions today, seeks the human recognition as they bully God by keeping on babbling useless words to Him to take notice of their prayers. Yet, this is all an outward form of prayer for  people to hear and see. See
2 Tim 3:5
. And for this reason and according to Jesus, they have alreadyreceived their reward in full
Mt 6:5
. As for Christ Jesus, His disciples should shun that kind of outward wayof worshipping God. Instead, they should adopt an inward manner of prayer or worship for the Father aloneto hear. See
Mt 6:7-8
. Therefore, secret religion (word of mystery) is done for God and not for humanapproval. And this is rewarded by the Heavenly Father.The Lord’s Prayer should not be a liturgical form of prayer but as a model of what a true prayer should look like. A true prayer should not be a prescribed form of prayer common to all, where many andmeaningless words are uttered. This kind of confused prayer shows lack of relationship between God andthe petitioners. They seem to have no confidence in what they are doing, and hence the use of many words(i.e. shouting and repeating phrases). Therefore, a true prayer is not a technique nor a performance but arelationship of the petitioner with God. (
See John 15:7
). Where there is no good relationship between Godand the person making a prayer, Satan will induce the believer to pray to God using many but useless words,which are heathenistic. See
Mt 6:7-8
. The Bible teaches us that where there is no oneness with Christ Jesus,the Father will not reward you. See
John 16:26-27
. I believe that where one cannot do God’s will, even his prayer can be an abomination to God. See
Mt 7:21-23; Luke 46-49
. According to the Lords’ prayer taught by Christ, the name of God ought to be feared because it is holy (He hallowed it). Therefore, we should nottake it for granted, for the Holy Spirit says. “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
Ex 20:7.
God is holy. Therefore, we must be as holy as He is, even in naming His name, 1 Peter 1:15-16. Onthe other hand, God’s Kingdom must always rule the world in replacement of satan’s domain (Kingdom) of darkness. Therefore we must not only pray for it to expand but be in it and observe its commandments. See
John 14:15-24; Acts 1:8
. God’s will must be ever done on earth to deny satan of his worship from peoplewho do his will too. See
1 John 3:8; 2 Tim 2:26; John 8:44, 47
. The petitions for the forgiveness of our sins, and to keep us from the evil one in the Lord’s Prayer, are better dealt with in Luke than in Matthew.For in Luke’s Gospel, the first petition “Hallowed be your name (God, the Father)” is concerned with GodHimself. “May His name” requires that His person be honored in the world at large. So such hallowingforms the basis for the second petition, which is “Your Kingdom come”, to say, may God’s rule, in peaceand righteousness swiftly come in to the world that knows no peace and righteousness .Obviously, where people have totally no peace as cited in
2 Chr. 15:3-6
, is an indication thatwickedness is in control of the people, making God withdraw from among them because He cannot toleratelawlessness. See also
Hosea 5:15
. When wickedness is in control this is indicated by physical and spiritualholatry in the land. It is therefore my strong belief that this is the state of the world today, our country Kenyanot being exceptional. The petition for the supply of the daily bread as petitioned for in the Lord’s Prayer isa petition for not just ordinary food, but also for the bread of life,
John 6:26-27
. The word of Jesus must beeaten daily to sustain our heavenly bodies in us. It is the word that makes the spiritual body grow tomaturity. And Jesus could not have overlooked the sight of what He had come into the world for- to give lifeeternal. Moreover, Christ is our bread of life (His body and blood), even when He is not with us physicallyhere on earth, because He is the Word that became flesh (
John 1:14
), the same word that gives us daily life.See
John 6:48-58
. On the other hand, in the same prayer, a request for daily forgiveness of sins we commitand which we as human beings cannot avoid, is a request that is conditionally granted if we too, forgiveothers the sins they have committed to us. Finally, in the Lord’s Prayer, the petitioner asks to be preservedfrom tribulations and testing, which would weaken his faith and lead to his exclusion from God’s kingdom Nevertheless, the Lord’s Prayer has been misused by religious groups, including Christians. Theydo not know the secrets behind that prayer. Christ did not mean it to be taken literally or as an ordinaryliturgical prayer but a solemn message meant to welcome God’s kingdom on earth and to teach the receiversof that Kingdom on how to conduct themselves in a Godly and holy manner in doing God’s will until theygo to live with him in Heaven. However, satan becoming aware of what Christ intended the prayer toachieve has diverted its purpose, and as a result, believers are being deceived by satan to bully God to payattention, and thus arousing God’s wrath. Let all know that God’s name is as holy as He is. Jesus was sent purposely to come to glorify it on earth for all to hear and fear, yet people take it in vain. In my opinion, this prayer was intended to equip the disciples for gospel expansion and to that end only. It was not meant for everyday use, yet those who know nothing about God and His faith are being misguided by satan to playwith it, taking the name of God in vain in-order to be held guilty. See
Ex 20:7
. So for this very reason, it becomes very difficult for those people who have done this to get into real faith without confession andrepentance of that sin, along with other sins. Jesus demands repentance to be done first before believing inthe gospel. See
Mark 1:15
.Today’s Christians spend more of their time thinking about their own matters, than they are doingfor the work of God. It is very dangerous to take the word of God for granted because you will never knowGod’s secrets, and so be denied that kingdom. It is God’s commandment for us not to take His name in vain.If God is holy, as surely He is, His name is holy too. Therefore, we Christians must ensure that whatever wedo, even in eating and drinking, we glorify the name of God in that, for we are commanded to become holyas He is, as He called us to become His children. Inwardly we must be like the way God is. For if a man hasa monkey at home, can he call it his son? Of course not, for it has nothing of man. So give God His glory inwhatever you do because you have His likeness. If you are invited to a party or a ceremony of some kind,and while there you find that people have no room or place to honour God, please you had better leave. I dothat myself because my God should not only rule over everything I have but also dominate whatever I do,wherever. See
3:17; 1 Cor 10:31
King Herod was killed by God’s Angel when he denied God His glory, and was eaten by wormswhile still alive,
Acts 12:20-23
. On the other hand, the Lord’s Prayer taught to the disciples appears to methat the disciples got a better understanding of it, than we do today. I perceive that they understood itsintention and so did not play about with it anywhere in the scriptures, nor took the name of the Lord in vain.Furthermore, nowhere in the New Testament has a hint been given that believers should have a common prayer Leave alone that, a true believer should know that the Kingdom of heaven is in him or in her. So,why engage yourself in the Lord’s prayer asking for the Kingdom to come and other contents therein? See
. With Apostasy in place, such misconceptions cannot be avoided. See
2 Thess 2:3, 7; 2 Tim4:2-5;
1 Tim 4:1, 2
.Every believer should know how to make his prayer to God provided that he fulfils the givencondition of any prayer making, scriptured in
John 15:7
. Why look for other people to pray for you? Areyou sick to demand the elders to pray for you? (
James 5:16
). Don’t you know God personally? Don’t youstudy the Bible? Don’t you have Christ Jesus (the word) as your covenant with God? God wants usindividually to know Him. God deals with each believer individually, and not as a corporate. Therefore, donot be deceived by mediums who are everywhere today. Remember your covenant with God. (See
Jer31:31-34; Heb 8:8-12; John 17:3 John 14:15-24
). Please never even trust the Churches today. You shouldknow God through His word yourself and deal with Him alone, see
Psalms 40:8; John 17:6-8, 17
. No Pastor, Bishop, Archbishop or Pope (father of fathers) will change God’s heart and your deedsin His Book when you are dead. Neither the big nor the small Church as per your choice has any place inheaven. Apostle John saw no Church there. See
Rev 21:22
. Besides, will your Pastor not kneel down likeyou before Jesus Christ? Where will he be to advocate for you? See what Apostle Paul said in
Cor 9:24-27
Romans 14:10-11; 2 Cor 5:10
. The Church fathers have misled us because they lost the sense of direction many years back. So, let us not follow what was handed down by them anymore but choose tostudy the Bible devotedly for God to reveal Himself to us in Christ Jesus. In the mean time, do not take thename of God in vain by taking the Lord’s Prayer liturgically and lightly.What makes the Church of Jesus Christ worse, and the very thing that makes it fall into a very black darkness, is that the leaders hate and shun the followers who practice studying the Bible and givingthe message perceived, to others. By this, they give satan a good chance to raise up more and more mediumsto act for them. May God forbid it! Otherwise what do they understand by God’s demand for everyone toknow Him?
Jer 31:31-34; Heb 8:8-12
John 14:15-25
. The scripture allows every believer to speak theWord of God to others. See
1 Cor 14:29-32
.What has God to do with men consecrating fellow men using their own teachings handed downfrom one generation to another? See
Mt 15:7-9; Col 2:8
. I have in mind the mainstream Churches whomind their Church traditions more than they do the Word of God. They have formulated their own ways of doing things, which they term as their traditions. In doing this, they are no different from the Pharisees.Consequently, God’s wisdom is denied them. See
Is 29:12-14; Mt 15:7-9
. However I am much worried because my hands are tied up not to help many. I am not allowed to go for publicity either. See
John 5:44
. Nevertheless, my request from my Lord Jesus Christ is, “May He allow this tract to spread like bushfire! May He also allow His Spirit to convict every reader of this tract to be transformed and stopworshipping God in satanic falsehood and deception!” Jesus Christ is God’s tree of the knowledge of goodand evil which Adam and Eve were denied to eat. Therefore, both knowledge and life of God are in Him,and for us to live forever by doing God’s will. We are now allowed to eat His body and drink His blood. See
John 6:48-51, 54-56
. He is the Word that became flesh. So to become a true follower of Christ Jesus, Youmust have His word in your heart which will give you His faith, for faith comes by hearing the word ascommanded by Christ Jesus. See
John 17:3, 6-8, 17, 20 Rom 10:17

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