Jesus prayed at every major crisis point in His life.
- He prayed at the time of His baptism (3:21),
- The choosing of His disciples (6:12).
- He prayed when his leadership faced a crisis, He prayed for Simon (22:32)
- He prayed in the garden before His betrayal (22:40-44).
- He even prayed on the cross (23:46).
When teaching them to pray, Jesus talked about three things:
1) The Pattern of Prayer – vs. 2-4
2) Being Persistent in Prayer – vs. 5-8
3) The Promise of Prayer – vs. 11-13
1. The Pattern of Prayer – v. 2-4
Pattern – a model used as a guide (sewing pattern)
A) Praise – v. 2
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your Name
- Hallowed – (hagiazo) – sanctify; make holy – to become as dedicated to God: either in distinction, in devotion, or in moral purity
- Name – (anoma) – a person’s attributes, nature, and reputation that is summed up in your NAME
B) Priorities – v. 2
Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
- Kingdom – (basileia) – an area ruled by a king / King – Dominates
Come (ginomai) – become, take place
- Will – (thelema) – the choice, the determination, purpose
- Your kingdom come has a twofold emphasis:
- •It is first a prayer that God’s rule and reign would continually advance in people’s hearts and lives until the day Jesus returns and brings the kingdom in perfect fullness (see note on Matt. 6:10);
- a.It also refers to the future consummation of the kingdom already realized in part by Jesus’ coming (Luke 11:20). (ESV Study Bible)
C) Provision – v. 3
Give us day by day our daily bread
Daily – (epiousios) – necessary, that which recurs on a daily basis
- Notice that getting into God’s presence and getting His priorities preceded asking for provision!
- Give (didomi) – grant, cause to have
- Day by Day – (hemera) – the time for the earth to make a complete rotation on its axis
- Daily (epiousious) – immediately following in time or order; especially of the impending day
- Bread (artos) – any food that is used for a source of nourishment
- We are to ask and depend on God to PROVIDE.
- God has always provided for His people:
- He provided a ram to sacrifice for Abraham – Genesis 22:13-14
- He provided manna for the entire nation of Israel while they were in the wilderness – Exodus 16:35
- He provided food in a drought for Elijah – 1 Kings 17:15-16
D) Pardon – v. 4
And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us
- Forgive – (aphiemi) – let go; send away; remove the guilt resulting from wrongdoing
Sins (hamartia) – wrongdoings; the state of having broken God’s law (and being liable for the consequences
- GOD WANTS TO FORGIVE!
- Forgiveness is not earned it is a gift
- JESUS SAID THAT WE ARE TO PRAY FORGIVENESS
WE ARE TO FORGIVE OTHERS
How are we to forgive?
- Don’t NURSE IT
- Don’t REHEARSE IT
- DISBURSE IT
E) Protection – v. 4
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one
- Jesus’s followers are to pray to be delivered from situations that would cause them to sin. (The Bible Knowledge Commentary)
- Lead (eisphero) – to bring into
- Temptation (peirasmos) – test, trial, or trap; an endeavor to cause someone to sin
- Deliver (rhyomai) – rescue
- Evil (poneros) – wicked
- The meaning here most likely carries the sense, “Allow us to be spared from difficult circumstances that would tempt us to sin” (cf. Matt. 26:41). Although God never directly tempts believers (James 1:13), he does sometimes lead them into situations that “test” them (cf. Matt. 4:1; also Job 1; 1 Pet. 1:6; 4:12). In fact, trials and hardships will inevitably come to believers’ lives, and believers should “count it all joy” (James 1:2) when trials come, for they are strengthened by them (James 1:3–4).
If you follow this a s a model for pray your life will begin to align with God in ways that you never thought possible.