Jesus Gives the Model Prayer

Jesus was not One only to say, ‘Do as I say”, He could have said, “Do as I do!”  All that is necessary to verify that truth is to read the four gospels.  Truly Jesus was a Man of Prayer. As the disciples walked daily with Jesus, they were keenly aware of His busy schedule: also they were aware that frequently He took time to be alone with His Father and talk with Him. Once after Jesus had been praying in an undesignated place, one of His disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray as John taught his disciples to pray.

This request resulted in the Model Prayer listed below:

“Our Father, which is in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us thisday our daily bread, And forgive us our sins: for we forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation: but deliver us  from evil.”   Luke 11: 2-4

Prayers of believers should be based on this model of prayer.  First, God should be acknowledged and praised. Then pray for the progress of God’s kingdom. Next ask for daily needs, then confess our sins and ask for forgiveness, and finally ask God for protection from the tempter. Though this prayer is our model, it should not quoted from memory without thinking about what we are saying to God.

Heavenly Father, although most needs are included in the model prayer, we can ask for any need and You will listen and grant to Your children what is best for them. We thank You and pray in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Doris Lisemby