So where do we start? 1000 ways to pray? Maybe the best place is Jesus’ response to his disciples request “teach us to pray.” While what we call “The Lord’s Prayer” is well known and may to some feel overused, it stands as a model for the key ingredients to prayer. The great thing is since it is so familiar, it’s a great prayer to pray when you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t sleep or when you are driving somewhere. Praying the themes or putting it in your own words personalizes for you instead of just repetition.
It intrigues me that “The Lord’s Prayer” is a corporate prayer, using the pronouns our, us, and we. Often we can view prayer as a personal and private thing, focusing on what we need or want. But Jesus’ prayer model is all about the “we”. As you pray, think about those who are included in your “we” – the circle around you – family, friends, co-workers, etc.
Our Father who is in heaven – May we walk in the fullness of sonship today, Hearing the Father say “This is My beloved son in whom I am well pleased”.– Are you walking in the fullness of that Sonship He designed for you, walking in His authority and receiving His inheritance? Pause and reflect.
Holy is Your name – Let us gaze on Your holiness and experience the fear of the Lord, the beginning of wisdom. Take a moment and picture God on His throne – be amazed at His splendor and glory.
Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven – Let Your Kingdom be our first priority, desiring Your will to be done in our home, church and city. How does God want to work through you to bring His kingdom on earth? Are you walking in obedience to His will?
Give us this day our daily bread – Give us today spiritual food and a passion for the Word to sustain us today as well as provision for every need for the advancement of Your Kingdom. How is God speaking to you today? Do you take time to listen? Are you trusting His provision for you?
Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors – May we walk in purity of heart, without offense, forgiving quickly as You have forgiven us. Let us be quick to repent, that offense would not take root in us, our family, our church, our city. Who do you need to forgive today?
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one – Deliver us today from every snare the enemy has set. Open our eyes to see clearly and to flee every temptation. Sometimes we walk right into the enemy’s trap – how are you walking today to avoid putting yourself in a place of temptation?
For Yours is the Kingdom – Let us seek Your Kingdom first, trusting You to add all things that we need. Is God’s Kingdom truly first in your life?
The power – Apart from You, we can do nothing – help us to remember that today. What is your power source?
The glory forever, Amen – Let us walk in humility today, giving all glory to You alone. Let it be so.