In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead 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 NKJ)
“Six brief, single-sentence petitions compose this prayer. Each verb is an imperative, a call for action. Prayer is not passive. Prayer is not resignation. God is active. As Jesus prays he enters the action of God. As he prays with us, he implicitly invites us into the action. As we pray with him we volunteer ourselves into the action.” (1)
The most effective way to learn how to pray is found in the Bible. Many of us struggle in our prayer lives because we’re not familiar with the language of prayer. To develop a good vocabulary for prayer, we first need to examine the prayers of Jesus.
Historically, the Christian Church has prayed the Psalms, the prayers of Jesus, and of his Apostles. Scripture provides fuel for the fire we need in our inner being, and it’s effective in both corporate and personal prayer times.
Jesus is our High priest and gives us his model prayer as an example of how to pray in God’s will. When we pray what some call “the Lord’s Prayer,” there is a sense in which we are praying with him.
It’s one of the few biblical prayers that most people in the history of the Christian Church, and today, know by heart. But often we take this powerful prayer that Jesus taught his disciples for granted. We’ve become so over-familiar with it, that we often repeat it without comprehending its’ power.
We need the revelatory work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts to reveal to us the power that is released as we pray, “The Lord’s Prayer.” Through this prayer, Jesus is inviting us into action, as we ask for God to be glorified and the advancement of his Kingdom.
This is also a prayer for our daily needs to be met, the forgiveness of sins, and protection from evil.
So, we need to pray it every day.
(1) Eugene H. Peterson. Tell It Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in His Stories and Prayers (Kindle Locations 1903-1905). Kindle Edition.