The Model Prayer
9 “Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, Your name be honored as holy. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13 HCSV
During the fall of 2013, I completed a self-directed DVD study of the curriculum “Lord, Teach me to Pray: Practicing a Powerful Pattern of Prayer” @2007. This was my first experience with speaker, author, and bible study teacher Kay Arthur of Precept Ministries. The study led me in detail through each portion of The Lord’s Prayer. When Jesus said, “pray in this way”, He was giving the disciples a WAY to pray, not just a PRAYER to pray. As Kay taught, I learned that each phrase has a specific theme, and this pattern is the sample for us.
- Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. (WORSHIP: God is Holy!)
- Your kingdom come. (ALLEGIANCE: You will reign supreme.)
- Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (SUBMISSION: We give you authority over our lives.)
- Give us this day our daily bread. (PETITION & PROVISION: We trust you to meet our needs.)
- And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS: Forgive us.)
- And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (WATCHFULNESS & DELIVERANCE: Save us from the enemy.)
- For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen. (WORSHIP: You are our everything.)
I invite you to listen to this rendering of Jesus speaking The Lord’s Prayer during the Sermon on the Mount. Hearing the words spoken gives such a full, rich experience.
As a result of this study, I am learning to begin my prayer time with praise for our Father, acknowledging and respecting who He is. He is with me always. He knows my need far better than I can begin to understand. Through our trials, He endures. I rest in His sovereignty. I have learned to pray TO the Father, but IN the name of Jesus who gives us access to God through His death. Kay encourages us to spill it all out….aloud….and on our knees. Prayer puts us in the knowledge of God’s sovereignty, in the palm of His hand. Everything that comes into our hand is filtered through His love. I have also learned that our allegiance toward God IS going to be tested. We cannot think we can get all we need on our own. Total dependence on God is required.
- knowing who God is (having that relationship)
- knowing what He says (having that understanding)
- putting the governing of our life on His shoulders (surrendering to His will and trusting Him)
Kay points out that we have a high calling, to intercede in prayer for others who (in variety of circumstances) all need the touch of God in their lives. Jesus intercedes from heaven for me. The Holy Spirit intercedes in me. And I, as a priest of God, have the privilege of praying for and interceding for others – the lost and the saved. p.74.
But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. Matthew 6:33 AMPL
Don’t leave this post without listening to the clip below. When I close my eyes, I can only imagine that this might be what heaven will sound like. Enjoy….