In this manner, therefore, 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 this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
I think many of those who read or hear this message know the Lord’s Prayer. Well, I am one of them and I have repeated it thousands of times in my life. And I know that many have believed what somebody told them that Jesus taught us this prayer that we repeat every day. In fact, although there are many others repetitive prayers practiced in some churches, the Our Father is the only such prayers in the Bible. Today I want to show you that this prayer is a model of how we should go to the Heavenly Father not a ritual that must be repeated each time the same way.
Let’s look at the context in which Jesus taught His disciples the model prayer. Before Matthew 6:9-13, He said what is written in Matthew 6:7-8: And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. Therefore, the Lord had already said that the repetitions in prayer were vain, i.e., ineffective. So He never told His disciples that they would always repeat the same words.
In Matthew 6:9, Jesus says first: In this manner, therefore, pray. Pray in this manner means pray in a similar way to this model, he never said “pray repeating the words” because he had warned that the repetitions were vain. So, from the beginning, the Lord was stating that the prayer that He had taught was the format we all should use to address our Heavenly Father.
In the model prayer, the first thing we must do is to recognize that God is our Father and that He dwells in heaven. Then we glorify His name; give Him the praise He deserves. All this can be done using our own words. An example would be the following: Heavenly Father, bless be Your holy name. You are great and Almighty, I raise praise to you on this day.
When we say “Your kingdom come” we are recognizing that God has authority over us, which we reaffirm by saying that Your will be done. God is not our servant or firefighter waiting we mark the spiritual 911 to rescue us. He is God, the Creator of all, and the owner of everything that exists and as such, He deserves that we submit to Him.
We then present our requests with humility, acknowledging our mistakes and apologizing for them while we decided to forgive wrongs they have done to us. We must also ask to keep the temptations subjugate us and lead us to sin. Moreover, in calling us from evil walks we are aware that an enemy like rabid lion seeking to devour us. At the end we closed with praise and thanksgiving. God bless you.