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.
Lev 22:2 Speak unto Aaron and to his sons, that they separate themselves from the holy things of the children of Israel, and that they profane not my holy name in those things which they hallow unto me: I am the LORD.
Psa 99:1-3 The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved. (2) The LORD is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people. (3) Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.
Psa 99:5 Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.
Psa 99:9 Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.
Isa 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Exo 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
The Psalmist David says: Psa 100:3-4 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. (4) Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.