Prayer: Lord’s prayer as a model

1AkUnLeScReWs2I can but don’t parrot the Lord’s prayer. For me, it serves as a model, a how-to prayer. Here’s what we learn of how to pray (Matt. 6:9-13):

  • Our Father – not impersonal, unfeeling, but loving family; not an amorphous force field.
  • Who art in Heaven – not only inside us, not a human projection, transcendant, above all in power and in person
  • 17781_10201034065479011_1840161065_nHallowed by thy name – ultimately we serve Him, not He, us
  • Thy kingdom come – ultimately the purpose is reaching others for Christ, not filling our whims
  • Thy will be done – ultimately, it’s about His will, not ours
  • On earth as it is in Heaven – obviously there’s a great lack of perfection here on Earth that we want to realize, just like Heaven is perfect
  • Give us this day our daily bread – notice the redundancy (hence it is important to God) or our provision
  • Forgive us our trespasses – we humans daily miss the mark of God’s required perfectness, hence we ask forgiveness
  • As we forgive those who trespass against us – it is critical for us to forgive others!
  • Lead us not into temptation – yeah, good idea to steer clear of that stuff!
  • Deliver us from evil – may we not fall prey to merciless destructiveness
  • Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory – it’s all His, not ours
my old church in Guatemala today!

my old church in Guatemala today!

Pray along these lines and you’ll do well! The Lord’s prayer tells you to whom you are praying and for what you ought to pray! I think it’s best to use your own words. Keep in mind the start off: He’s our compassionate daddy, not a cruel tyrant or stone-faced taskmaster.


20 responses to “Prayer: Lord’s prayer as a model

  1. Yes. I remember: Lead kindly Light, amidst the encircling gloom, Lead Thou me on …one step enough for me … Lead me Thous me on …!

  2. thanks for breaking it down. makes it easier to relate.

  3. great explanation of how he can serve as our “how to”

  4. Love this – I have been waiting for this post since you hinted at it (yesterday?). And, I think I got this from you, but I only recently noticed that everything in there is “our” and “us” and there is not a single “my” and “me.” That we pray for all of humanity, together. This is not a self-centered prayer.

  5. Well done – Good post Pastor. Lord’s prayer – wonderful model.

  6. The Lord’s Prayer really covers all the bases. An excellent model from the Ultimate Leader.

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  8. I really love this one. What a wonderful way to explain it and lift it to new heights for those who think in rote. Brilliantly done.

  9. Every day that I pray this prayer it is not for myself only but for the whole family in Christ. “Our Father” not my Father. Yes, I make personal requests but I also make the same for all of us.

    God bless you in all that you do for His Kingdom, by His power and for His glory! amen~

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