How can we learn to pray?

The Lord's Prayer teaches us how to pray. Think through the categories of the Lord's prayer. Then pray through those categories in your own words.

Jesus gave us a model prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) so that we can learn how to pray. We call it "The Lord's Prayer." While it's appropriate to recite the Lord's prayer - - it's God's Word after all - - we should not simply think of it as a prayer to chant. Rather, the Lord's prayer gives us prayer categories to work through. Think of the Lord's prayer as handrails to hold onto as we pray.

So what are those categories?

"Our Father" - Christians can address God as "Father"

"In Heaven" - God is above and over all things

"Hallowed be thy name" - We are praying that the name of Jesus would be revered

"Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven" - there is so much that is messed up in the world. We are praying for Jesus to come back and make it better. We look forward to the new day when God's will to be done on earth as it is now done in heaven.

"Give us today our daily bread"  - We rely completely on God for our sustenance and health. All that we enjoy is a gift from Him. Every crust. Every slice of pizza. Every steak. Every breath.

"And forgive us our debts" - - As we said in the previous post, the gospel  or "good news" is that because of Jesus - - his sinless life, death, burial, and resurrection - - we can be forgiven by God.

"As we forgive our debtors" - - We should recognize that, even as we receive grace from God, we should extend it to others (see Matthew 18:21-35!)

"And lead us not unto temptation, but deliver us from evil" - - We are weak people, prone to failure. We pray that God would protect us from those situations where we might fail.

You can watch Juan Sanchez's explanation of the Lord's Prayer below.


Posted on September 14, 2014 and filed under Prayer, Spiritual Disciplines.