The Lord’s Prayer
“13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.
15He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar–jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
20 Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.
21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.
23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” (Matthew 16:13-23)
Prayer is partnering with God to get His will done on earth.
Genesis 1:26-27 – “Let them rule over all the earth.”
“26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
I. Jesus teaches us how, to pray by the “The Lord’s Prayer”. (Matthew 6:9–13)
“9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:9-13)
1. This is a model prayer:
A. Our – Always begin prayer by thinking of others. Never be selfish.
i. Bring others with you when you pray.
B. Father – The word father means “Source”. When we approach “Our Father” we are coming to Him as our source.
i. To approach God, Father means to have a relationship with Him.
C. Hallowed be your name – The word “Hallowed” means to be set apart – Holy, Consecrated. To approach the Father we come with honor, reverence and respect.
i. We praise and worship God for His attributes. His holiness, His love, His faithfulness, etc.
ii. We exalt, magnify, glorify and adore Him.
iii. His attributes include His names:
a. Jehovah Rapha – The Lord that Heals
b. Jehovah El Shaddai – The Lord God Almighty
c. Jehovah Jireh – The Lord will Provide
d. Jehovah Shalom – The Lord is Peace
e. Jehovah Rohi – The Lord is my Shephard
D. Thy kingdom come Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven – My interest is not my kingdom but His Kingdom. My will is not my will but His will.
i. Seek first His will and His kingdom and everything else is added. (Matthew 6:33) —
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
ii. We will fight and stand for God’s will on earth.
iii. We will release God’s Authority and Kingship in the earth.
E. Give us this day our daily bread – Daily bread means the whole process needed to care for us.
i. Sunshine, seed, air, soil, time, growth, harvesting, grinding, ingredients plus tools and a stove to make bread.
ii. Daily bread also means healthy bodies and healthy environments.
iii. We will pray and trust God daily for provision.
F. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who have trespassed against us. The importance of relationships.
i. Unforgiveness will hinder your prayers. (Matthew 5:23-24)
“23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24)
ii. Husband’s and wife’s prayers are hindered by mistreating each other.
(1 Peter 3:7)
“7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”
(1 Peter 3:7)
iii. Forgiveness frees your prayers to work. Always make things right in your relationships.
G. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Ask God for wisdom and strength to discern.
i. Ask God to help us not make bad decisions.
ii. Ask God to alert us when a temptation of weakness comes to cause us to stumble.
iii. The Lord will lead and go before us to protect us from temptation and evil.
H. For Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever. It’s all about You, Your kingship, Your power and Your glory forever and ever.
i. We worship and praise You and know that you are going to answer our prayers. Therefore, we give You thanks. —
The revelation of The Lord’s Prayer is we carry each other so that it is about us and not just me.