Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” So He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread and forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” … For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.
“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11: 1-13 and Matthew 6: 13)
I’ve asked myself many times how it would be to be a Jew. How is it for them to know that among all the people of the earth they were chosen by God to be His people? I wouldn’t blame them if they felt special, because they are. Nevertheless, Christians are special too. We have received mercy, grace and forgiveness and are called to walk before the Lord and be blameless, as Abraham’s spiritual children.
Jesus’ model prayer is the path for us to achieve an extraordinary life; a life so different that it can impact others and bring them to Christ. This prayer is Christ’s heart in a nutshell. His longings, his love for the Father and His will, His dependency on Him and more, are displayed for all of us to see and imitate. Let’s walk through it answering some questions to find out how we can cultivate in ourselves a heart like our Savior’s heart.
What difference would it make if Christians wished that the Lord’s name were glorified and obeyed by every creature?
Many of us would live exemplary lives.
How would our lives be affected by developing more dependency on God?
We would live full of peace.
How would our lives change if every Christian came to God in prayer to ask for forgiveness, having already forgotten others?
Our lives would be so unique that we would change the world around us. None of us would have enemies.
What would be different if we would plead to God to deliver us from all temptation and from the evil one?
We would want to stay away from the sinful activities that the world offers us. Our families would live in sanctity. We would teach our children to live within God’s protection.
What would happen if we recognized that God reigns, that He has all the power and deserves all the glory?
We would save ourselves much trouble trying to convince others to enter into God’s kingdom; His peace would fill our lives because we would constantly be reminded that He has all power and we certainly would humble ourselves more often, knowing that all the glory belongs to Him.
Jesus’ prayer is a love song that inspires us to praise, depend, forgive others, repent, ask for protection, and meditate on God’s power and glory, a song to be sung with our very lives!
I’ll ask the Lord to teach me to live a life that glorifies Him in every way. I will ask Him to teach me to pray with the heart of Jesus.
“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Jesus)
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