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.
Come back soon.
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.