And when thou prayest, … For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (Mat 6:5-13)
After this manner therefore pray ye:
Please note the Lord never said to recite this prayer. He makes this plain earlier in the context of this prayer. (Matt 6:7-8 – Please see Part #1 for a further explanation).
If we study the phrase “after this manner” we find that the Greek word for this phrase means “in this way” or “following this pattern”. It does not mean to “use these words” or “repeat after me”. He is giving us a “pattern” for us to follow as we pray.
As we pray we should express…
#1 – Our Reverence Of Him
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
We need to recognize His greatness and express that greatness and what it means to us. In this example Christ is centering on the Father’s greatness by expressing the need for His name to be treated as higher than all other names. “… Stand up and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise. “ (Neh 9:5)
#2 – Our Desire For His Will To Be Done Above All Else
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
These two phrases are simply repeating the same point twice:
“Thy kingdom come” – let your kingly rule take perfect control of all things.
“Thy will be done… heaven” – His will is being done perfectly in heaven… we are to desire the same here on earth.
This has two implications as we pray…
First, we are to desire His will to be done in any issues we bring to Him.
We should follow the perfect example of Christ, who prayed as He sought for the crucifixtion to be taken from Him… “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. “ (Mat 26:39)
Secondly, we should be willing to do whatever He may reveal to us as we seek His guidance for our lives.
Again, we are to follow Christ’s perfect example for us… “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” (Joh 4:34)
#3 – Our Physical Needs
Give us this day our daily bread.
We are to bring all of our physical needs before Him; our financial, health, and vocational needs, to name a few.
#4 – Our Spiritual Needs
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
We are to bring before Him our need of forgiveness and our need to treat others as the Lord would treat us. Repentance for known private, and public, sin in our lives should be dealt with during our prayers. Also, the need for others should be addressed in our prayers.
#5 – His Leadership For Our Life
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
Acknowledge His sovereignty over all events in our lives and the activities of Satan and demons. Especially, seek to avoid situations of temptations, relying on His leadership to detour us.
#6 – Verbally Praise and Glorify Him
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Our prayer is to be made with God’s glory in mind. Everything that a Christian does is to be done in faith, for God’s glory. (Roms 14:23, Roms 11:36) This is the main difference between the sinful moral acts of a lost man and the God pleasing acts of His saints. (Isa 64:6, Eph 2:2)
THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION
Prayer is not as complicated as we want to make it… it is simply, honestly, recognizing His greatness and then, by grace, speaking to Him by opening up ourselves and seeking to hear and follow His instructions.
Prayer should be more like approaching a King who is our brother or father. Approach Him with reverence as God and King, but knowing He is sympathetic towards our every fault and need.
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. “ (1Pe 5:6-7)
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