Did Jesus tell us to recite a prayer in Matthew Chapter 6?

Floyd Rogers

Have you ever been to a church service where the congregation recited what we often call The Lord’s Prayer? I think it’s fine to memorize it as scripture. If the purpose of congregational recital is to learn the Word, there’s nothing wrong with reciting it in church. But I don’t think Jesus was telling us to repeat it verbatim as our prayer.  To understand why, let’s look at what Matthew Chapter 6 says immediately before the words, “Our Father in Heaven.”

Matthew records Jesus saying, “This, then, is how you should pray.”  Notice he said “how” you should pray, not “what” you should say.  I believe this is the important part. Isn’t Jesus giving us an example, a model prayer, in the following verses?

It seems clear to me Jesus is telling us to talk to the Father; to do so humbly; to ask for forgiveness; and to ask that we are able to avoid temptation rather than to recite scripture during prayer.  Consider, he just got through saying not to be like pagans who feel they will be heard because of many words.

What are your thoughts on The Lord’s Prayer?

Carroll Roberson Christmas Message

Carroll Roberson, who has more than 40 Gospel albums and has written more than 300 Southern Gospel Songs, has a side of which many Southern Gospel listeners may not be aware. He’s also a minister.

Below are links to his YouTube channel and a recently-uploaded series on Christmas. We hope you enjoy his message.

(These are links to YouTube videos that are not hosted on our website. The videos are not the property of Texas Gospel Canada.)

Church building destroyed by fire after 128 years of worship

A church building used for 128 years by worshipers in Port Colborne, Ontario is a total loss following a devastating fire Tuesday. The building of Grace United Brethren Church was built in 1897.  The fire was reported around 3:30 a.m. and the structure lay in ashes by sunrise the same morning.

Brian Magnus, Bishop of the United Brethren Church in Canada, said in a Facebook Post, “The front half (sanctuary, lobby and basement) are down to the basement foundation walls. The back half is also burned, and smoke-and-water filled, and will need to be torn down to the concrete slab.”

The loss is believed to be more than $1.5 million. A website has been set up for those wishing to help the congregation rebuild.

The Ontario Fire Marshal is investigating.

Gospel concert to benefit Christian Counselling Ottawa

A virtual concert featuring the Triumphant Quartet & The Collingsworth Family is set for this month. Proceeds will benefit Christian Counselling Ottawa.

The online event is set for Tuesday, September 15th at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Promotors promise, “An intimate evening of music and more with two of the most popular Gospel groups in North America.”

For more information visit www.christiancounsellingottawa.ca

Here’s when to listen for some of your favorite speakers

Texas Gospel Canada broadcasts short features from some of your favorite ministers and speakers on our Southern Gospel Channel.  Here is our weekday schedule

12 a.m. Billy Graham Decision Minute The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada
1 a.m. Bible Q & A John MacArthur
2 a.m. Just a Thought Ravi Zacharias
3 a.m. Just a minute Bob Christopher
4 a.m. Family Minute John Fuller
5 a.m. Laugh Again / Good News Broadcasting Association of Canada Phil Callaway
6 a.m. Mission Network News Various reporters
7 a.m. Bible Q & A John MacArthur
8 a.m. Faith Baptist Chuck Beickel
9 a.m. Family Minute John Fuller
10 a.m. Bible Minute from Back to the Bible Canada Dr. John Neufeld
11 a.m. Mission Network News Various reporters
12 p.m. Billy Graham Decision Minute The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada
1 p.m. Bible Q & A John MacArthur
2 p.m. Laugh Again / Good News Broadcasting Association of Canada Phil Callaway
3 p.m. Just a minute Bob Christopher
4 p.m. Family Minute John Fuller
5 p.m. Bible Minute from Back to the Bible Canada Dr. John Neufeld
6 p.m. Mission Network News Various reporters
7 p.m. Bible Q & A John MacArthur
8 p.m. Just a thought Ravi Zacharias
9 p.m. Laugh Again / Good News Broadcasting Association of Canada Phil Callaway
10 p.m. Just a minute Bob Christopher
11 p.m. Bible Minute from Back to the Bible Canada Dr. John Neufeld

Special Music Programs:

11:04 a.m. Monday: Joy for the Journey

11:01 a.m. Tuesday Gospel Radio Favorites