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, forever. Amen. (Matthew 6:9-13)
You will agree with me that this prayer format is faultless, it’s complete and it’s effective. James said the effective, heartfelt prayer of a righteous person is dynamic and it has tremendous power (James 5:16B). James also said some people do not receive what they prayed for because they prayed wrongly. By using the Lord’s prayer no one can pray wrongly, because the Lord’s prayer is not a prayer, it’s the format for effective prayer.
Remember that in Luke 11, what preceded the Lord’s prayer, was a request. The disciples said to Jesus, “Master teach us how to pray, like John taught his disciples.” In response, Jesus gave them the Central Prayer Solution.
He taught them HOW TO, not WHAT TO. How to pray, but not what to pray.
There are great prayer lessons from all 222 prayers prayed by different people in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. The fact that not all prayers prayed by some of these icons were answered is one of those important lessons.
We have to know how to pray, so we can know how to pray right
We couldn’t drive right, until we learned how to drive? We learned to ride bicycle, we learned to play guitar, we learned to walk, we learned how to read. If we are going to be effective and productive in prayer, we must learn how.
The Lord’s prayer is broken into six parts where the word “PRAYER” becomes an acronym to convey the lesson Jesus taught on how to pray.
- Praise Him
- Raise Him High (Lift Him up)
- Ask Him
- Yield to Him
- Expect Him to do it
- Rejoice in Him
These six components of the Lord’s Prayer exhibit the Character, the Authority and the Capacity of our loving heavenly Father, who can do all things, and who is willing to do them when we apply the right principles. How does each aspect of the model prayer reflect the “prayer” acronym? Our subsequent articles will shed some light on the acronym to provide better understanding, and perhaps answer some question. Pray for somebody today. This is the real outreach!Lessons from Prayers