A Pattern for Prayer Matthew 6:9-13 (Part 1)
‘This, then is how you should 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 today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one’.
The breakdown of the template Jesus gave His disciples:
Worship and Praise ——Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name
Spending time praising God
Hope in Christ’s return ——your kingdom come
Fixing my hope on the coming kingdom of God
Adjust Your Requests——your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
That prayer would be focused on God’s desires. My wants should match what God wants
Bring Your Requests——Give us today our daily bread
This needs to be godly and appropriate petitions to God
Confessing Your Sins—— Forgive us our debts
I do not want my prayer / relationship with God to be hindered by unconfessed sins (PS 139:23-24)
Ask for a Forgiving Heart——as we also have forgiven our debtors
The indicator of a regenerate heart is the divine ability to forgive those who have sinned against me
Pray for a Holy Life——And lead us not into temptation
My prayer life should include a concern for living a godly and righteous life
Seek God’s Protection——but deliver us from the evil one
Being godly cannot be achieved without the empowerment and protection of God Himself. I should pray specifically that God would grant us protection
Looking at the components of Christ’s modeled prayer:
Which of them would you say you most often neglect in your prayer life?
Why do you think that is the case?