Summary: The Lord’s Pattern for prayer divided into 5 segments for easy study for the new or advanced Christian.
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.
Mat 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
“Our Holy and Heavenly Father”
Psa 68:4-5 Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him. (5) A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.
The Lord’s Prayer is not merely a “prayer” to be prayed. It is a pattern given for prayer by the Lord, Jesus Himself. Notice He says, “After this manner, therefore pray ye”.
Throughout this series, we are going to be looking at “the pattern” Jesus uses to teach us to pray.
The opening sentence of this prayer pattern contains some very powerful statements of recognition, that can come from any level of understanding that the person praying might have of their relationship with God. The deeper though, that their understanding is, the more powerful these statements become.
First, Jesus says that we not only have the privilege of addressing, but should address, God as our Father.
Isa 40:12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
Psa 147:4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
Rom 8:16-17 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (17) And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
The second statement of recognition that Jesus says we should make as we begin our prayer, is that Our Father is in Heaven.
Job 22:12 Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!
Isa 64:1-2 Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence, (2) As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!
Job 28:7-10 There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture’s eye hath not seen: (8) The lion’s whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it. (9) He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots. (10) He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing.
The third thing Jesus says we should recognize, but certainly not the least important, is that the name of Our Heavenly Father is Holy. Not only should we recognize that His Name is holy, but that we should address Him as such in each petition we bring before Him and in our worship of Him.