It could be very easy to spend the next few weeks just looking at the Lord’s prayer, but I want just to take an overview of it today. What is Jesus teaching us about prayer? What can we learn to make our prayer life, more like the prayer life of Jesus.
1. Our Father in heaven, holy is Your Name. WORSHIP HIM! Whether by inner acknowledgment or outward motion, bow before the King, your Father and Shepherd, in faith, love, humility and surrender, the attitude of worship.
2. Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. SURRENDER TO HIM! Our King reigns — He always has and He always will. Today, the goodness of His kingdom is demonstrated wherever His will is known and followed. Pray that the King will reign in your heart and do His will through your life this day. (Mark 14:36, John 4:34, 5:30; Romans 12:1-2, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
3. Give us this day our daily bread. TRUST HIM FOR DAILY PROVISION! Jesus, Himself the Bread of life, longs to equip you with the riches and resources of His life. When you give yourself to Him, He gives Himself to you. You become one with Him in the privilege of sharing in His life. This is a prayer for daily supply to be made available to us for our physical needs. This is to be prayed daily. We should never take the Lord for granted. The prayer is designed to help us realize that the daily supply of the physical needs of life come from the Lord regardless of our resources or reserves, or how wisely we think we have planned for the future.. (Matthew 6:33; John 6:35-63; Psalm 62:5-6; Ephesians 3:14-19)
4. Forgive us as we forgive. THANK HIM FOR HIS GRACE — AND SHARE IT WITH OTHERS! In relation to forgiving others, there are always two dimensions involved: the Godward or vertical element, and the manward or horizontal element. The offended party, as a forgiven person in Christ, is to show the same unqualified forgiveness they received from Christ. This is the point of the parable of the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18:23-35. (Matthew 6:14-15; Hebrews 4:14-16; James 5:16a; 1 Peter 1:16; 1 John 1:9, 3:2-3)
5. Deliver us from the evil one. BATTLE IN PRAYER! James 1:13 specifically reminds us that God tempts no man. Temptation to sin always comes from sources other than the Lord. Stand firm in the spiritual victories Christ won for you at the cross. They are living realities for those who belong to Him. So trust His Word and authority, then stand immovable against the enemies of the Kingdom.(Exodus 14:13; 2 Chronicles 20:6-15; Psalm 18; Matthew 16:19; Ephesians 6:10; 1 John 4:4; Revelation 12:10-11)