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THE PATTERN FOR PRAYER
Intro: This passage is often referred to as the Lord’s Prayer. In reality, it is the Disciple’s Prayer. It was given to them as a pattern for them to follow when they prayed. Therefore, we could rightly call this prayer the Model Prayer. This prayer is often wrongly used, however. We are not to just mindlessly repeat it from rote memory, but we are to use it as a framework upon which we can build a prayer life that is offered to God, heard and answered by Him, and one that glorifies His Name. Tonight, as the Lord gives me liberty, I am going to share with you The Pattern For Prayer.
A. v. 9a WHO?
1. Father - Implies a relationship. The new birth is required for
answered prayer - John 14:13.
2. Our - Speaks of the community of faith. Our prayer life should
encompass the entire family of God. Ill. Too often, we are guilty of selfish praying! (Ill. Me and my needs first and only! - Phil. 2:4!)
- Heaven! Speaks of
God’s position as Sovereign. He
is on Heaven’s throne and is worthy of our faith. He is an able God! Faithlessness has no place in our prayer
lives - Heb. 11:6; James 1:16-17; Rom.
C. v. 9c HOW? (2 things to remember as we come before His presence!)
Hallowed - Reminds us of His
holiness. God is a holy God and must be
approached in fear and reverence! (
2. Name - When we come before Him, we need to remember that our only access to God lies in that name which is above every name - Phil. 2:9-11; John 6:23. Jesus is our only access and road of approach to the Father - 2 Tim. 2:5.
D. v. 10 WHAT? - 2 Great ideals must be paramount in our minds as we approach God.
Thy Kingdom Come - (
a. A Request For Jesus To Return To The Earth - The word “kingdom” does not refer to
a geographic location, but to dominion and sovereignty. When we pray “Thy Kingdom Come,” we are
praying for Christ’s rule upon the earth.
This coming Kingdom points ahead to the time when Jesus will rule and
reign upon the earth in perfect glory, peace and righteousness -
b. This Is A Personal Request - We are literally praying for the
c. This Is An Evangelistic Request - As we are yielded to God and He is ruling and reigning in
our lives, we can play a part in bringing other to Him. You see, another way God’s Kingdom is brought
to the earth is when a new soul is brought to Him through salvation. Another
Thy Will Be Done - This is a
cousin to the previous line, for when God’s Kingdom is realized in the world,
His will will be done here as it is done in Heaven. This phrase is also telling us to place God’s
will paramount in our lives. It is the
prayer prayed in the will of God that receives the answer of God - 1 John 5:14-15. (
II. v.11-13 OUR PRAYERS SHOULD INCLUDE PETITIONS
We Should Pray About Physical Needs - There is
no sin and no shame in asking God to meet our physical needs. He has promised to supply them all - Phil. 4:19; Psa. 37:25; Matt. 7:7-11; Rom.
B. We Should Pray About Our Spiritual Needs - More spiritual needs are mentioned here than physical ones. The reason? Our spiritual needs are greater by far than our physical needs. Notice some spiritual needs that we need to pray about.
Others - An unforgiving spirit will totally destroy one’s prayer life. (
a. You Are Never More Like God Than When You Forgive - What kind of God do we
serve? He is loving,
gracious, kind and forgiving! When we
forgive others, we are exercising true godliness, Eph. 4:32.
b. It Is Only Reasonable That Those Who Are Forgiven Forgive
c. Failure To Forgive Results In Chastening - (
To Be Delivered From Temptation
4. To Be Delivered From Evil - Literally, this is a prayer for help in avoiding sin, 1 Cor. 10:13. This is a plea for God to change us, hedge us, keep us, and walk with us that we might be sheltered from the power of the Evil One! This is help to avoid the pitfalls of sin!
III. v.13b OUR PRAYERS SHOULD INCLUDE PRAISE
A. For His Sovereignty - He is to be praised for the King He is. He deserves to be glorified.
B. For His Power - He is to be praised for His abilities and for the times in which He has demonstrated His power in our lives!
C. For His Glory - He demands and deserves all the glory in every situation in life. He should be glorified on earth as He is in Heaven!
Conc: Our praying can be defined as an activity that must include ACTS. That is an acrostic that is rendered thusly:
A - Adoration - God must be worshipped
C - Confession - Our sin must be dealt with
T - Thanksgiving - We must always possess a thankful heart before
S - Supplication - There is room to tell Him what we need.
Another letter could be added to the front, and that is the letter F. It stands for Faith, without which we can expect nothing from God - Heb. 11:6; Rom. 14:23. How’s your praying look when it is compared to the model?