7 Things Jesus Modeled in the Lord’s Prayer

As I leave the Lord Prayer (for the moment at least) I wanted to take a quick look at this as a model once again.

This is not intended (though any public reading of Jesus words has value) for public reciting on a weekly basis. As I said when we first started this study, that can become no more than vain repetition, which Jesus repudiated.

This IS a great place to start as an outline or structure for your own prayer life. [Tweet This]

Our Father - Remember with Whom you are speaking

In Heaven – Remember His (and your) perspective – Pray from outside your circumstances if you can.

Hallowed be Your name – (#1 Worship) Begin with Praise, Adoration, Worship. If you run out of time, you will have done Job 1.

Your Kingdom come – (#2 Submission) Your prayer life should have the specific intent of getting into alignment with God’s reign.

Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven – (#3 Intercession) Here we ask the Father to bring a manifestation of His economy into the lives of those around us, and those He puts on our heart.

Give us this day our daily bread – (#4 Supplication) Here we deal with our needs and wants.

Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors – (#5 Confession) Do not leave prayer without a clean slate between you and the Father. This may actually be #1 since Jesus twice tells us to fix our relationships before we approach the Father.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil – (#6 Guidance) Lord, you lead, I follow.

For Yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever, Amen. - (#7 Worship) We end where we begin with our main job in life – Worship the King!

Not every prayer has to have all of these elements, but this is a great place to start.

Thanks for reading today.

Come back soon.

Ben

PS - If you are new to the blog, you can check out "the Lord's Prayer" category for dozens of posts as we moved through this prayer phrase by phrase.

0 thoughts on “7 Things Jesus Modeled in the Lord’s Prayer

  1. Josh

    Amen! It was a definite "ah-ha" moment when I started looking at "The Lord's Prayer" as a template instead of something to recite (I grew up memorizing it - without thinking about it much).

    I love how it's an "Acknowledgement Sandwich" - Beginning and ending with a declaration of who He is.

    Thanks for the reminder!

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  2. Travis Hinkle

    It's so easy to forget everything else and skip straight to our wants and needs when we pray.

    Thanks for the great reminder on how Jesus said we should structure our prayers.

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