You’ve heard MANY times. You probably have it memorized:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed by 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 lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.” — Matthew 9-13
If you’re like me, I bet you just skipped that part, cuz you already know it. Am I right? 😂
All joking aside, it’s so familiar that I often just glaze over this portion of scripture, though it is VERY powerful!
So, what’s so powerful about this?
First off, I want to say, that I don’t think that Jesus is saying that every time we pray, we have to use these exact words, though it can be good to just pray this prayer. I believe this is a model prayer, meaning we can learn how to pray, as Jesus says in Matthew.
That said, if this is a model prayer, how are we supposed to ‘customize’ this to our prayers?
People extrapolate different things from this text, but I think that most people can agree that there are four different parts to this prayer, that we can/should adopt when we pray.
Praise — (“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name”)
Repent — (“Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.”)
Ask — (“Give us this day our daily bread,” “Deliver us from evil,”)
Yield — (“Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”)
When praying, remember and recall the things that God has done for you! “Praise Him for His mighty deeds!! (Psalms 150:2)
Reflect on your life and consider what sin is in your life. And ask for forgiveness! Turn from it!
Ask…. whew… I don’t know that we need to be reminded of this one! Usually, we only ask for stuff in our prayers, but that misses a lot of the point of prayer. We don’t pray to get stuff necessarily, though that’s part of prayer as we see in this model prayer, we pray because we love God and want His will for our life. (If this is the first post you’ve read in this series, I have a whole post on this subject. You can find it here.)
Which leads perfectly into the last part of prayer, which is yield. Earnestly desire that God’s will would be done — perfectly… as it is in heaven! Above all, ask for God’s will to be done! It’s interesting to note, that the first request in the Lord’s Prayer, is the request that God’s will would be done. So Jesus shows us that we are to surrender it ALL to Him! Even before He asks for forgiveness, He demonstrates a desire that GOD’S WILL –not our will — be done! What an important lesson! (But what a hard one to fulfill!!) I also have a full post on this topic — of your motives in prayer — that you can find here.
As awesome as the Lord’s Prayer is, I sort of love Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane even more. Do you know that one?
“My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” — Matthew 26: 39
Did you pass over that one too? JK!! Now you’re on your guard aren’t you? Now are you gonna go to all the linked posts? HAHA😜
The reason I love this model prayer so much, is because it shows us that we don’t need to have all sorts of fancy, spiritual words in it. Jesus simply makes a request and surrenders to whatever God has for Him.
That’s the attitude we need in prayer.
Also, notice, that the prayer is SUPER short, but it’s supremely sincere. The Bible says that Jesus fell on His face, when He prays this prayer.
You know what else I just noticed, to my knowledge, ALL of the prayers Jesus prayer (which are, therefore, model prayers) contain some various of the words/meaning, ‘Your will be done.’
When we pray, princess, we are to first surrender the outcome to whatever God’s will is. “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” Knowing that, it is much easier to submit to whatever God has for you, which is a reminder I need QUITE frequently!
I hope you have a wonderful day, princess!