“Effective prayer taught by Jesus to His disciples.” “Not just 66 words to be recited, but a form of prayer for which all prayer should model.”
In discipleship, the men discipling with me have been mainly doing two things. Learning how to effectively pray and study the Word of God. We have been doing an extensive study on the Lord’s Prayer that Jesus gave to His disciples when they asked him…how they should pray. The Lord’s Prayer is the most famous prayer in the world. It should more accurately be called the “Disciples Prayer” since the prayer asks for forgiveness of sins and we know Jesus never sinned. It is the Lord’s Prayer because He taught it, not because He prayed it. You can go into almost any church that uses this prayer in its services and you will find the entire congregation able to recite it from memory. Even many people who never goto church can also recite this prayer. It has become a cultural staple of countries like ours here in the United States that were founded on Christian values and beliefs. Families, pastors, and even back years ago in schools teachers taught this prayer. You can hear the Lord’s Prayer spoken at funerals, sometimes weddings and also in hospitals. There is only 66 words in this prayer, but it has become the content of many sermons, books written, studies, and even in some songs. Andrew Murray has said “It is a form of prayer that becomes the model for all other prayer, and yet always draws us back to itself as the deepest utterance of our souls before God.” The Lord’s Prayer teaches us to look first to God, then to ourselves. It teaches us to forgive and receive forgiveness. It also teaches us to depend wholly upon God for everything.
Below is the Lord’s Prayer and how we approach it:
Here it is: Matthew 6:9-13
“Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name.”—This is where we begin with “Praise.” Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Psalm 100:4
“Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”—This is our “Priorities.” We want God’s will to be carried out before our “Provision” is even mentioned. May God’s will be carried out within us, around us and before us in all things so that we can even accurately determine our needs.
“Give us this day our daily bread.”—This is our “Provision.” This is our needs and not our greeds. Notice also “our daily bread” is said and not “my daily bread” and so we’re praying for others needs as well and not just our own.
“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors”.—This is our “Personal Relationships.” Is there any forgiveness we need to give to someone else or a hidden offense in our hearts we need to take care of with God’s supreme forgiveness? “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your father forgive you your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15.
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”—This is our “Protection.” The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations. 2 Peter 2:9
“For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”—This is where we end with “Praise” again. We thank the Lord for His sovereignty, His authority, His majesty, His unfailing love for us.
The 66 words in the “Lord’s Prayer” reveal a lot about us and how prayer is about a relationship, a heartfelt discussion with a loving Father where we begin and end with book ends of Praise and in between shows how we long for His will, Provision, Forgiveness, Protection and none of them possible without God Himself.