In preparing my message I stumbled onto a piece written by an anonymous author, that sums up what I believe to be the heart of Jesus, particularly when praying in such a fashion.
I cannot say, "Father" if I do not endeavor each day to act like His child.
I cannot say, "May your name be kept holy" if I am playing around with sin.
I cannot say "May your Kingdom come soon" if I am not allowing God to reign in my life.
I cannot say, "Give us each day the food we need" if I am trusting in myself instead of in God's provision.
I cannot say, "Forgive us our sins" if I am nursing a grudge or witholding forgiveness from someone else.
I cannot say, "don't let us yield to temptation" if I deliberately place myself in it's path.
As we pray, may we be remember the words of Proverbs 28:9 that "If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable."
May we be committed to not only honoring God with our lips, but with our very lives. For when we do, we can be assured that our prayers will be heard.