Matthew 6:9b-13 NIV 2011
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
What some commentators called “The Disciples Prayer” is today referred to as “The Lord’s Prayer.” Jesus’ words encompass six declarations. Verses 9-10 hold three revealing Almighty God and 11-13 have three regarding God’s people. God is the Father and He is holy, Ezekiel 36:23 “I will show the holiness of my great name…” God’s timing is perfect and He’s in control. Meet the peoples needs daily. Debts equal sins, Luke 11:4, “Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.” Allow temptation to direct believers toward Christ not the enemy. Jesus provided believers a model for prayer.
I recall sitting in a hospital room at Children’s Hospital in Seattle all alone. Unable to pray, I began the Lord’s Prayer. After the fifth time His daily bread, peace, surrounded and enfolded me like a cocoon. I used it again driving home from work after being told my father had just passed away. God knows our needs and hears our prayers even when we do not know how to pray. I’ll continue to use Jesus’ prayer model when in poignant positions.
How does Jesus’ prayer help believers?
Positioned to pray,