In Luke Chapter 11 the Lord’s Prayer is recorded as coming from a request by the disciple: “Lord, teach us to pray…” During a time of personal prayer and meditation I realised that the children in our church being home-schooled had not been taught to pray nor was memorising Scripture being actively pursued – both essential practices for growing in the knowledge of the Lord. As this was implemented one of the mums queried my explanation of the Lord’s Prayer asking if it was an outline that governs all prayer. The following outline on The Lord’s Prayer came from that question.
Perhaps the first point to make – based on the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 6:7 – is that this prayer should not be seen purely as a liturgical prayer to be used at various meetings or events – although that is the intent of the prayer in Luke 11. Rather, it should be understood as a ‘prayer pattern’ or outline to direct the course of daily general prayer. In Matt 6:6 the emphasis is on daily personal prayer, though the plural or inclusive language of the prayer indicates it is also useful for corporate prayer gatherings (cf Act 2:42; 4:24-30). What I think is important is to understand the principles expressed in each section as a means of directing our prayers and establishing our right relationship in prayer. For example: before we reach the petitioning phase, “give us this day our daily bread”, we have already dealt with our idolatrous heart (being evident in self-centredness) by yielding our will to His sovereign will, “your will be done…”. This positions us to petition in line with God’s good, pleasing and acceptable will (cf Rom 12:1-2; Ps 37:4).
Introduction to Prayer
Prayer is as broad as it is deep. And shouldn’t be reduced to only one form. In the simplest terms prayer is ‘to speak’, literally, to talk to God. The need or purpose of prayer defines what ‘type’ of prayers. For example:
Supplications = plea , ask with urgency
Intercession = for others
Thanksgiving and praise
Confession, repentance and forgiveness
As indicated in the following Scriptures:
1 Timothy 2:1 (ESV)
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,
Philippians 4:6 (ESV)
6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Ephesians 6:18 (ESV)
18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
1 John 1:9 (ESV)
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
A life of prayer is a life in fellowship with the Father and Son through the Spirit.
Romans 8:26–27 (ESV)
26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Prayer is essential for life
Matthew 26:41 (ESV)
41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
The Lord’s Prayer is the foundational prayer given by Jesus for daily life.
Matthew 6:8–9 (ESV)
8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 Pray then like this:
Our Father in heaven,
Let your holy name be honoured.
Our Praise, Honour and Worship to God as His children; joint heirs with Christ
Our Father in heaven, we praise you for your greatness and majesty; we thank you for your grace in bringing us into your family; we honour your holy name and exalt you; Jesus our Lord and Saviour, we declare you to be holy and worthy of all honour and praise.
Ezekiel 36:23 (ESV)
23 And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes.
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Our declaration of allegiance
God you reign supreme over all the earth. Let your Kingdom come as Jesus establishes His rule over all things; Let all creation bow to your will; Holy Spirit empower us to lay hold of The Kingdom and to yield fully to Jesus’ Lordship. Let God’s will alone be evident in our lives.
Give us today our daily bread,
Our Petition for Provision
Lord give us what we require this day, not based on our greed but upon your will in alignment with Your Kingdom as it advances. As our will is to see your Kingdom come let us not lack any good thing to participate in the accomplishment of your advancing kingdom in our time.
And forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors.
Our time of self-examination and commitment to Christ-likeness
Oh Lord, create in me a clean heart. Let your forgiveness fill my being and empower me to bring forgiveness wherever I go. Forgive me for (specific sins) as I have forgiven others (forgiveness of others is not in prayer but in deed)
Psalm 103:10–13 (ESV)
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
Our prayer for the Spirit to keep our heart’s desire Christ crucified
Lord let your desire be my desires that I may not be led into temptation by my own lustful desires. Holy Spirit keep me alert to Satan’s deceptive schemes that target my fleshly desires that I may be able to resist the devil. I want to participate in your divine nature escaping from the corruption that is in my human heart through lust.
Revelation 3:10 (ESV)
10 Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.
James 1:2–3 (ESV)
2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
And we conclude with praise:
For yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever amen. (Not in early manuscripts)
John 14:13 (ESV)
13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.