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. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our
debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us
into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom
and the power and the glory forever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13
this is often called the Lord's Prayer, it was not a prayer prayed
by Jesus. It was a model for prayer that Jesus taught to His disciples.
It could therefore more rightly be called the "Disciples' Prayer"
or the "Model Prayer."
His disciples we should give every effort to better understand
what Jesus wanted us to learn from this model for prayer. Our
goal should be to pray as Jesus taught us to pray, to understand
the purpose of prayer.
this prayer as a whole. What aspect stands out to you the most?
How do your prayers compare to this pattern for prayer? You might
consider journaling your prayers to see how much they are alike
or different from this model.
I look at this prayer two things strike me immediately. First,
there are no personal pronouns used. No "I." No "me." No "my."
How unlike most prayers. Scripture teaches us that our prayers
are not to be self-centered or self seeking. God will not answer
positively when our praying is for "self." "When you ask, you
do not receive because the reason you ask is wrong. You want things
so you can use them for your own pleasures." James 4:3 Instead,
we see that our prayer should be "we", "our" or "us." Our praying
is to be for the common good of all.
I see that prayers are to be God-centered instead of self-centered.
From beginning to end, the focus is to be on God. We need to ask
ourselves, "Will this prayer advance His Kingdom?", "Is this prayer
according to His revealed will?", "Will God receive glory through
this prayer?" We need to ask often, "What does God want?", "How
can I please Him?", "Is this in keeping with His plan?"
if you ask for anything in my name, I will do it for you so that
the Father's glory will be shown through the Son." John 14:13
Jesus instructs us to pray to The Father in His name. God wants
to answer our prayers. He will be glorified by answering prayer
that is according to His will.
teach us to pray!