The Model Prayer
Preface: After His ascension to the heavenly sanctuary, Christ entered a new phase of the plan of redemption (Heb. 2:17). With the requirement of His sacrifice fulfilled, He was inaugurated as priest and began His priestly ministry in order to now mediate His perfect sacrifice in behalf of those covered by faith with His blood.
In the personal prayer of Jesus, we see more than model words. We see a picture of the God who receives them.
Who is He? In Luke 11:2, what is God called? How does relating to God as your Father affect you?
Where does this Dad of ours live? Jesus’ prayer tells us “in heaven” (verse 2, KJV). He lives in heaven, a real place above the chaos and confusion of this sin-infested planet. He is actually praying and intervening on our behalf. Imagine that?
What He is like? “Hallowed be thy name” (verse 2, KJV). What does hallowed mean? In the present day, what do you know that is considered hallowed? In Bible times one’s name often described a one’s character.
What He does. “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth” (verse 2, KJV). God has a mission and will for our lives. Jesus spoke often of the kingdom of God while He was on this earth. There are well over 150 verses in the New Testament alone that refer to the kingdom of God. What do you think His will for this earth is?
God doesn’t just care, however, about the big goal of His kingdom. He cares about our little daily needs as well. “Give us this day our daily bread” (verse 3, KJV). We can ask our Father for food because He is a provider. Every day He wants us to have what we need to strengthen us and keep us healthy. God provides for us not only physically but spiritually as well. Jesus says, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35, KJV).
“Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us” (Luke 11:4, NIV). God is a provider who forgives. He is someone who doesn’t hold grudges or bitterness, but Someone who longs for restored relationships not just between you and Him, but between yourself and others 1 John 1:9 says it all.
“And lead us not into temptation” (verse 4, KJV). God doesn’t just forgive us, cleanse us, pat us on our backs, and send us back to roaming. He knows that without Him, our hope of staying off the path of sin is hopeless. That’s why He leads us. Our Leader knows the right road. Read how David described Him in Psalm 23.
Even while we are following the Leader, Satan is going to do everything he can to distract us, give us a wrong picture of God, and deceive us into forfeiting eternal life. We need a deliverer when the enemy comes our way. God is there to”deliver us from evil” (verse 4, KJV). How does knowing that your God has power over every form of evil give you confidence in Him?