We talked yesterday about praying with Faith. On the occasion where the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, we read that they had just finished listening to Jesus pray (Luke 11:1). We can just imagine that as the disciples were listening to Jesus, they noticed something very special in the way he communicated with his Father.
I don’t want to spend a large about of time talk about prayer, because our topic is Faith, although we will come back to prayer at some point in the future and do a series on it. Today I would just like to outline, very simply some principles we can learn from the Lord’s Prayer.
Jack Hayford writes these notes on the Lord’s prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. – Begin with praise and worship to the Father.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth. – Commit yourself to His kingdom, to His agenda, to His will.
Give us day by day our daily bread – Trust Him totally for daily provision.
Forgive us our sins – Confess, and repent of every sin of which you are being convicted.
For we also forgive everyone that is indebted to us. – Release every grudge; hold no punishing thoughts in your heart. Send away every offense committed against you. Release them from their sin to answer only to God, the righteous Judge.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil – Ask for grace to deal with any weakness of your life that might be prone to surrender to sin, and ask for His delivering power to liberate you from every bondage
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever. – Conclude with praise over everything you have requested. Give Him all the glory.
I want to give you a challenge. Why not over the next week, try and write a simple prayer for each day using the principles above. Do not write with the thought that you will pen a prayer that will last a lifetime! Instead, write a prayer, following this structure, that is good for only one day!
I am sure as you do this over several days, you will discover your faith rising in a Father God who deserves your worship, whose kingdom commands your commitment, whose will is altogether good and righteous, whose daily provision is promised, whose loving heart has never condemned you in your sins, but has made a way for you to deal with those sins—whose love compels you to be as forgiving to others as He has been towards you. You will find faith rising in the One who will never lead you into temptation, but will lead you out of it!
It would be great if you could share your prayers in the comment box below or email to me using the contact page. It would be a great encouragement to me and other readers.