25th February 2013

A Perfect Model

“…Lord, teach us to pray…”
Luke 11:1 (NIV)

When the disciples asked to be taught how to pray, Jesus replied with what has become known as ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. These words have become amongst the most familiar in the whole Bible and provide a perfect summary of the type of things to pray about. “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’” (Matthew 6:9-10). The over-riding concern of these three requests is God’s glory—they are concerned with the honouring of his name, the coming of his kingdom, and the doing of his will. Their main concern is that God’s glory might be seen. Jesus is showing that for us God must come first. His glory, his cause, his interests must be paramount in our lives.

“Give us today our daily bread.” (Verse.11) This simple request acknowledges that we are totally dependent upon God for everything in life, even the food we eat day by day. While man in general likes to think of himself as self-sufficient, it is healthy for the Christian to recognise daily that he is utterly dependent upon God, not only for his spiritual needs, but for his physical, mental and material requirements.

“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Verse 12-13) These verses highlight  our need to be forgiven, which God is faithful to do when we confess to him (1 John 1:9), and the requirement for us to be forgiving because we have been forgiven so much (Matthew 18:21-35),  They also show that we need to be kept free from harm at the hands of the devil, which we will be in the hands of Jesus.

Did you notice that all the requests in the Lord’s Prayer are in the plural? Jesus did not want us to pray these things just for ourselves or on our own. There are scores of people in this world, many in our families, or at work, in university and in our local church, who need our prayers, and with whom we can pray. Why not give it a try?

Father, please give me a heart and a special concern for others; to pray the Lord’s Prayer for them and with them.

Study by Barry Robinson

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