Do you ever feel like you don’t know what to pray or how to pray? Do you feel your prayers are not getting above the ceiling? In Luke 11:1 we read, “Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray….’” This is a request God loves to answer! As we look at what is traditionally called the Lord’s Prayer (found in Lk. 11 and Mt. 6), we’ll see an outline for prayer that models how Jesus prayed.
You learn to pray the same way you learn to drive or swim. You have to jump in and do it! Prayer is all about a relationship with God. The only way you grow in a relationship is to spend quality time together. You can’t grow deeper in your walk with God apart from making prayer a priority. Start praying today.
The plural “our” is used throughout, so that those giving voice to the prayer acknowledge both the presence of God and their connection to a wider praying community. The first three petitions focus the worshipers’ attention on God. The remaining petitions turn to “our” needs, asking God to help all of “us.”
Our Father in Heaven
Next, the first petition is that God’s name might be holy. The focus remains on God’s identity and action. According to Ezekiel 36:23-33, God would make his name holy by gathering people together, cleansing them from sin, and giving them a new spirit. By such holy actions God’s “name” or identity is made known in the world.
Your Kingdom Come…
God’s kingdom comes through his Messiah, who was enthroned through crucifixion, revealing a kingdom characterized by sacrifice and resurrection. In heaven, God’s will is unopposed, for there sin and death have no place. As long as sin and death are active, people are moved to pray that God’s life-giving purposes may be carried out on earth as they are in heaven.
Give Us This Day…
Forgive Us our Sins…
At the level of relationships, people accumulate hurts and grievances, which end up defining the relationship. As long as wrongs from the past define the present, the wrongs also close off the future. The term “forgive” is literally “release.” To forgive is not to say that what has transpired does not matter. Rather, it is to say that the wrongs that have occurred no longer define the relationship. Forgiveness or “release” means that there can be a different future, which is not defined by the past. People are to see themselves first of all as the recipients of release.
God begins the process of opening up the future for new relationship by his acts of forgiveness. Those who have received forgiveness from God are then in a position to extend it to others. Forgiving does not mean perpetuating destructive patterns of relationship by turning a blind eye to it and “letting things go” on in the old way. Forgiveness or release is designed to bring change. It accomplishes its purpose when it opens up a future that the wrongdoing from the past had closed off.
Lead Us Not into Temptation…
Yet the Greek text of the prayer leaves open the possibility that God could “bring” people “to the test” by situations that challenge their faith (Genesis 22:1; Exodus 16:4). The petition recognizes the confrontational side of God. The prayer does not try to explain what lies behind experience, and affirms that even if God is capable of challenging people, God is the one who saves. Therefore, in all circumstances, people are to call upon him.
What is the prayer found in Matthew 6:9
God's Praise Jesus begins, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name” (Mt. 6:9) and He ends, “For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen” (v. 13).
Why is Matthew 6:9
Often called the Lord's prayer, Jesus gave it to his disciples as a model prayer for them to pray. It is a pattern that we can imitate and duplicate as we pray to God.
What is the full Lord's prayer?
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
What do we call the prayer Jesus taught his disciples Mt 6 9
Amen.” Matthew 6:9-13. (Luke 11:2-4.) This prayer, commonly known as “The Lord's Prayer,” or “Our Father prayer,” is probably one of the most well-known prayers among Christians and many people send up this prayer daily. But let's take a closer look at what Jesus wants to teach us.