9. The Lord’s Prayer
Jesus gave His disciples an example of how and what to pray for in what we call the Lord’s Prayer or sometimes refer to as the Model Prayer.
Prayer to acknowledge God’s holiness:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. (Matthew 6:9)
Praising the Lord for His goodness and majestic power helps us have the right mindset to know any problem or need we have is insignificant compared to Him.
Prayer to resist temptation:
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. (Matthew 6:13)
James 1:13 says God does not tempt us, so Jesus wasn’t praying as if the Father would do that. He was referring to how the Spirit guides us to resist.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
Prayer for the Father’s kingdom to come:
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)
The people in Jesus’ day were still living under the Old Covenant. They prayed for their Messiah to appear. Even though He lived among them, many didn’t acknowledge who He was. After Christ’s resurrection and before His ascension, He gave believers a commission.
His work for our redemption was done, but His charge to evangelize and disciple the entire world was now up to us. For His kingdom to come in totality, the gospel must be preached across the earth. Only then can He set up the earthly kingdom He was promised and rule in righteousness over the world (Isaiah 9:7).
Prayer for provision and meeting needs:
Give us today our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11)
Our heavenly Father is our provider. When we put Him first, we can see His miraculous provision.
After being blessed with an offering from the Philippian church, Paul told these saints blessing would be theirs too. (Philippians 4:19)
This scripture applies to present-day beliefs as well. When we give to the Holy Spirit’s work, we are blessed in return.
Prayer for forgiveness:
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (Matthew 6:12)
The Bible also tells us if we don’t forgive others, we cannot be forgiven. How does this correspond to our forgiveness from Christ?
Forgiveness is a struggle when we have been hurt. But if we truly submit ourselves to our Savior and realize the great sacrifice He made for us, we have no right to hold a grudge against another person. Peter asked his Master how many times he had to forgive. Jesus’ answer indicated it was never-ending because His forgiveness to us is never-ending.
When hurts get in the way of praying, the first thing we should do is reflect on the great mercy Jesus extends toward us. His sacrifice was greater than anything we deserve.
Christ Prays for Disciples
Before Jesus was arrested, He prayed for His disciples and those of us who would come to believe in Him.
In John 17, He asked His Father:
That we would have His joy. (v. 13)
That we would be sanctified by His truth. (v. 19)
That we would be one as He and the Father are one. v. 21)
When doubt and fear cross our minds, we can remember that Jesus prayed for us before His death and continues to intercede for us at the right hand of the Father.
Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. (Hebrews 7:25)
There are no greater prayers than those from our Savior and Lord.
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