The Lord’s prayer is widely considered to be the most recognizable prayer in the Bible. As mentioned in its name, it is highly quoted because it is one of the only times in Scripture where we read what Jesus actually prayed. In fact, most of its popularity stems from this truth. Because it has been so widely seen through this perspective, the spiritual mandate oftentimes gets diluted. In order to properly investigate this passage, we must ask the question, “Why did Jesus pray this way? Why did he tell the disciples too?” As we begin to unpack these questions, we will discover that this prayer was not given to us to show the secrets behind Jesus’ prayer life. It was instituted so that the disciples would yearn for what Jesus yearned for.
The Lords Prayer was not given to show what Jesus prayed, it was given as a spiritual mandate for the disciples. Yeshua gave the prayer to the disciples to position their lives for spiritual breakthrough. As we take a closer look at this prayer verse by verse, we, like the disciples, will seek to do the same. By confessing the same confession as Yeshua, we will position ourselves to see the world through His eyes and to release the kingdom of heaven.
As you read the next verses, begin to make this apart of your own personal prayer life. We will provide the verse, and then give some context surround the prayer along with important theme elements that we should include when praying. The point of prayer is to position our hearts towards an encounter with God. Anyone can say a few words and hope for the best. That’s not the goal here. When we pray, we become like Yeshua and increase our understanding of God. When we pray, we release the kingdom of heaven on earth. When we pray, we partner with God. Today, do not let this just another information exchange, allow this prayer to penetrate your heart and spirit. Prayer changes everything.
The Disciples Prayer
“Pray then like this: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:9-13)
The Posture of Praise
“Pray then like this: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.”
The first thing Yeshua teaches His disciples in prayer is on the subject of praise. He makes it very clear before we ask anything of God, we should first posture our hearts towards praise. I think one of the most common mistakes people make when they begin to pray is to automatically offer up all of their needs before God. Although this is very important, consider what Jesus teaches us. Before we ask God for anything, understand who we are praying to.
He’s not just another god, he is The Lord Almighty! He’s The Most High God! His name is to be hallowed and praised. This type of reverence was something Moses understood deeply. When Moses asked to see God’s glory, God’s response mirrored the same response as His Son Jesus to his disciples.
“Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence.” (Exodus 33:18,19)
In order for the presence of God to move before Moses, first His name was proclaimed. This is very important to understand. When you begin to pray, understand that the first priority is to set your affections towards God. By positioning your heart towards His face, you come into agreement with heaven and allow the presence of God into the atmosphere.
Jesus Christ reminded all of us that praise is the highway to the throne room of God. Our first priority in prayer is not to bring God up of our needs, but to seek His face first. Through the seeking, our hearts will position themselves towards an encounter with God.
Our Heavenly Assignment
“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
Jesus set’s up his disciples to yearn for their spiritual assignment from heaven. This assignment began with Jesus and was something he would depart to His disciples in Matthew 28 in the Great Commission. As His disciples, our heart is for the kingdom of heaven to manifest on earth. Through prayer, we contend that the same rule of heaven will become the rule on earth. We pray that God’s will manifest itself on earth. As you pray, begin to partner with heaven, praying specifically over the nations, states, cities, families, hearts. Pray that God’s kingdom would be made manifest.
Each day, our heavenly assignment is to bring heaven to earth. Like Yeshua, we are to yearn for the same rule of heaven to be made manifest on earth. Each day, we carry heaven in our hearts and release it into the earth through our good works, faith, love and fruits of the spirit.
“Give us this day our daily bread.”
Jesus reminds His disciples to bring their needs before their Heavenly Father. As a loving Father, God wants to provide His children with everything they need to live a life of favor and blessing. As you pray, begin to bring your needs boldly before the throne of God. With the praise as a foundation, offer your needs before God.
As you pray, bring your list before God. The list is your “needs”, things that you believing God for. This could be financial issues, relationship problems, healing or any type of breakthrough. Whatever your need is, now is the type to bring your needs before God.
“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”
After you bring your needs before God, focus your mind towards forgiveness. In the disciple’s prayer, Jesus shows us that forgiveness should be the daily activity for believers. Instead of it being a virtue we use sparingly, Yeshua reveals that it should be a dynamic part of our prayer life.
If there is anything in your life that you are struggling with and need forgiveness over, now is the time to do it. Come before God with an honest heart and ask for him to wash away every sin in your life. Pray like David in Psalms 51:10, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Forgiveness doesn’t end with you, however. Yeshua tells his disciples to forgive others of their debtors. This is where a lot of believers drop off the globe. They want God to forgive them of their sin, but they do not want to forgive others. This is a huge mistake. God wants us to live a life of freedom. When a person is living in constant hurt from relationships, they are not free. They are in debt to the person that wronged them. They carry the pain the Yeshua paid the price for. Forgiving others is a huge part of healing and freedom. John Bevere once said, “a person that cannot forgive doesn’t know what they have been forgiven of.”
Deliverance From Evil
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”
Yeshua does not want his disciples to live a defeated life. Likewise, as a follower of Jesus, we are entitled to follow the same proclamation. During this portion of the prayer, Yeshua desires his disciples to recognize and to strategize against the plans of the enemy. Jesus echos this sentiment in John 10:10, when he says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Praying against the powers of darkness is a direct assignment from Yeshua. This is not a prayer done out of fear, but out of authority. Because of what Jesus will do for his disciples, and for what he has done for us, their response is to partner with God in destroying the works of the enemy.
Later in the book of Matthew, Jesus will shed light on this authority disciples have. In Matthew 18:18, Yeshua declares, “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
When you pray, bind the plans of the enemies over your life and your families life. Come against the plans that the enemy has against your family, your city and your nation.
End in Praise
“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:13)
Yeshau ends the disciples prayer the same way that he started, by giving glory to God! He reveals to us that the heart of the prayer is rooted in praise and adoration. Every prayer should end with faith that God is releasing the kingdom of heaven into the earth.
This is the part of the prayer that whatever you know about the name of God, begin to declare. If you’ve known Him as a supernatural provider, declare it! If you’ve experienced healing in your life, declare that He is a healer! As you begin to pray the spirit of God will begin to bring declarations to your mind and heart.
Pray the Disciples Prayer
Prayer is a partnership with God. Yeshua desires for each of his believers to have a dynamic relationship with God that is rooted in intimate knowledge. Prayer is the vehicle to know God and to discover His plans for His kingdom on earth. Make it a point to pray each and every day. When you pray, walk through this prayer. It will help guide you into the heart of God and His love for His kingdom. If you would like to increase your prayer life, take a look at these resources.