For The Heart & Soul
Was Modeled for Us by Christ
You have probably heard what has
been called "the Lord's Prayer." Jesus
gave us this particular prayer to show us how to
pray. Incidentally, just because we call this prayer
"the Lord's Prayer" does not mean that
Jesus prayed it for himself. He had no reason to ask
for forgiveness because he never sinned. Instead, it
is more accurate to call this prayer "the
Disciples' Prayer," for it was given in
response to the disciples' request, "Lord,
teach us how to pray."
To better understand this prayer, we can break it
down into two sets of petitions:
first three petitions focus on the glory of God.
"Our Father in heaven"
: Recognize that you are addressing a holy God
who sees you as his child.
"May your name be
honored" : Begin your prayers with
reverence and praise to God for who he is. This
will enable you to put your needs or problems in
their proper perspective.
"May your Kingdom come
soon. May your will be done here on earth, just
as it is in heaven" : Ask God for his will
to reign supreme in your life. You cannot pray
"your Kingdom come" until you
pray "my kingdom go."
The second three petitions focus on
our personal needs.
"Give us our food for
today" : Make your physical and personal
needs known to God. Remember, Scripture tells us
that God will provide for all of our needs.
"And forgive us our sins,
just as we have forgiven those who have sinned
against us" : Confess your sins to God.
Psalm 66:18 says, "If I had not confessed
the sin in my heart, my Lord would not have
listened." If you are clinging to some sin,
your prayer life will come to a screeching halt.
"And don't let us yield to
temptation, but deliver us from the evil
one" : Recognize your inclination to fall
into sin, and pray that the opportunity to sin
and the desire to do so will never coincide.
Make it a point to include these
important aspects in your personal prayers. By
doing so, you will begin to understand how
immense your God is and how small your problems
are in comparison to him.
track taken from "Knowing Jesus
Personally" - A Billy Graham Library Selection.
Reading tracks copyright © 1996 by Greg Laurie. All
quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living
Translation, copyright © 1996.