I want us to look at the Lord’s prayer which is found in Luke 11:1-4. Although a well known prayer, few look deeply into the truths of this prayer.
1One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” 2He said to them, “When you pray, say:” ‘Father,hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. 3Give us each day our daily bread. 4Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’ “
It says, “when you pray”. Jesus took it for granted that we are to pray. Also, Jesus is indicating that we are to pray this way every time we pray. He is not saying that we are to pray these words every time we pray, but are to pray in this way. Jesus did not intend for his disciples to recite this prayer. The disciples did not ask Jesus to teach them a prayer, but how to pray. Jesus is teaching His disciples the basics of a prayer.
Jesus said, “our Father in heaven”. He is saying we are to pray to the Father. Also, he is indicating where the Father is and what kind of father He is which is our heavenly Father. Who is greater, the one in heaven or the one on earth? The one in heaven. This is why we are to look to the Father. Also, Jesus was showing them the Father and son relationship in prayer.
Rom. 8:15,16 says, “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
What a privilege we have that we can go before God as our Father and He recognizes us as His sons. The word “Abba” is an endearing term. It is like saying daddy. The Lord wants to have a personal relationship with us. Wow!
Jesus said “hallowed be your name”. In the Bible when they speak of the name of God, they are not directly speaking about the name, but the person and their attributes. Take a brief moment to reflect on the wonderful attributes of God. Hallowed means to make holy, to purify, to consecrate, to regard with respect or reverence, to appreciate, to hold dear. Jesus is teaching them, even though God is our Father, we are to come before Him humbly, with respect and in an honorable way. Jesus is teaching them, to come into God’s presence with praise or exaltation.
Jesus said we are to say, “your kingdom come” What is most important to God? Is that His kingdom be established.What is most important to you, your kingdom or God’s kingdom? How can we know if we are building our kingdom or God’s? By examining our attitudes and thoughts. Are we doing what we are doing for God or ourselves? Are your thoughts directed mostly towards yourself or God? By seeing if our actions line up with God’s purposes and principles in His Word.
The word “come” here in the Greek is “ercomehe” which means to come from over there to over here”. Jesus is saying, call those things that be not as though they were. Jesus is saying, ask that God’s kingdom come from heaven and be established on earth.
Jesus said, “your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.
Whose will is more important? God’s
Are we to pray according to our will? NO
Why must we ask God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven? Because he chooses to use us to accomplish His will on earth. Because by doing this, we align ourselves to God’s will.
One definition of prayer is that prayer is taking a situation before the Lord, hearing His answer, and speaking forth God’s will into the situation. In this way we bring heaven to earth.
We are to pray, “give us our daily bread”.
Does God know we need daily bread? Yes
He knows are every need, but he wants to hear us say them. In this way we show our dependence on God and His provision.
We are to say, “Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us”. Sin is a hindrance in our relationship with God and a hindrance to effective prayer. Therefore, we need to reconcile with God and others. We see here that God’s response to our prayer of forgiveness is based on our willingness to forgive others. Do you know someone you haven’t forgiven, do it now, go to them and be reconciled.
And we are to say, “And lead us not into temptation”. There are many temptations in this life, and only with God’s help will we be able to resist them. God wants us to live holy and Godly lives.