How should we pray?
Jesus’ Model Prayer
Our Father who is 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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For yours is the Kingdom and the power, forever.
The Lord’s Prayer is Jesus’ Model Prayer.
In it, we see an Approach, an Acknowledgement, Appreciation, Admission, and an Asking.
We also see Jesus advocating for others as He prays on their behalf using the words our, we, and us. As we dissect Jesus’ Model Prayer, we discover how we ought to pray to experience the fullness of God the way Jesus did.
Below is a prayer motivated by the model prayer which Jesus spoke.
Using the Model
Who is in Heaven
You alone are sacred and set apart
Let us as a people exalt You, come to know You, and worship your Son who died for us
Present us blameless and holy in your sight through the redemptive power of your Son
Fulfill Your promises to us which you have written in your Holy word.
Supply every need we have according to your riches in glory by Christ Jesus
As we confess our sins, be faithful and just, forgive and cleanse us from all unrighteousness
Be faithful and do not let us be tempted beyond our ability, but when we are tempted, provide the way of escape
so that we may be able to endure it
And in everything, may you receive the glory. For every ability we have is from you and is done for you.
It is in Your Son’s name that we pray
Construct your own prayer!
As we look to Jesus’ Model Prayer, we discover how we ought to pray, not necessarily what we ought to pray. Using Jesus’ prayer as a model enables us to engage with God in a way which allows us to experience the full vitality of who He is, what He does, and how He does it.
Use Jesus’ Model Prayer as an illustration for how to pray.
Absorb His words and construct your own personal prayer to resemble His.
Consider writing your prayer out and then speaking your prayer to God!
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