Matthew 6:9-10 (NKJV) 9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done,
In Matthew chapter 6 verses 9 through 13 we have a model prayer that Jesus gave to His disciples in which they could pattern their prayers. While this model prayer is generally referred to as “The Lord’s Prayer,” Jesus never prayed it Himself. For one reason, Jesus could not say with us, “Our Father” because the relationship between the Father and the Son is the relationship in deity, a relationship in the Triune Godhead, the Trinity. Jesus’ relationship with the Father is different from our relationship with the Father. Our relationship with the Father is only through faith in Jesus Christ, God the Son. Therefore, Jesus could not join with us in saying, “Our Father.” Rather than being “The Lord’s Prayer”, this is a model prayer for us to pattern our prayers. With this in mind, Jesus first teaches us that our prayers should be addressed to God the Father who sits on the throne in heaven. He is the Creator, and He has all of creation under His control. Next, Jesus teaches us that our prayers should open with worship and praise to honor God the Father who is worthy of it. How do we honor God? The way we honor God is by the way we live our lives. All that we do ought to bring honor to God. In every aspect of our lives, God ought to be first. We should not be worldly in our thoughts and actions. Rather we ought to live uprightly in the ways of God. Next, Jesus teaches us that we should pray for the advancement of God’s work here on earth. Specifically, we ought to pray for the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and for the day that He will establish His Kingdom here on earth. Next, Jesus teaches us that we should pray for the Father’s will to be done. We ought to acknowledge that God’s will is better than our will, and so we surrender our will to His. Also, we ought to pray for God’s will to be acknowledged throughout the world. We ought to pray for the day that Jesus will establish His Kingdom here on earth. Next Jesus teaches us to close the opening of our prayers with an affirmation of the three preceding petitions: the worship of God, the sovereign rule of God, and the fulfillment of God’s will. These three conditions are a reality in heaven. And we ought to pray that they will also be a reality here on earth. My friends, these are worthy petitions for all of us to pray.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.