When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, He gave them a simple five step pattern to follow, known as the “Lord’s Prayer” or the “Our Father”. Jesus didn’t intend for you to just pray the same words he spoke in Matthew 6:9, He intended it to be an outline for your prayer. Use each verse of the Lord’s prayer as a guideline to help keep your prayer-time on track. “Pray, then, in this way:”
“Our Father Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.”
This is the call to praise and worship. “Hallowed is another day of saying “Holy”. Worship involves pouring out our adoration, praise and thanks to God for who He is and what He has done in our lives. Thank God for all that He has done!
“Your kingdom come, Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.”
Align yourself with God’s will, and listen so you can know His desires. Proclaim God’s will over your life, family, ministry, your past, present and future. Wait and allow the Lord to share His heart and will with you.
“Give us this day our daily bread.”
Ask God for your personal needs and the needs of others. Be specific!
“And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
Ask God for forgiveness in any areas of known sin, and seek His forgiveness toward anyone you have not forgiven.
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Ask God for the grace to stand firm in the face of temptation and resist the schemes and works of the enemy. Remembering to look to Jesus for the way of escape.