The Lord’s Prayer is an excellent guide to use when you pray to the Almighty Father. Christ taught the disciples exactly how to pray and communicate to the Father in Matthew 6:9-13. First, it is perfectly fine with using the Lord’s Prayer in its literal form. Jesus said to pray “after this manner” or “like this.” He then quoted the words that we refer to as the Lord’s Prayer today. Thus, someone in Christian leadership would not be wrong to teach his students to quote the prayer as it is. It’s also acceptable to teach the Lord’s Prayer during Christian sermons using your own words. Both ways are pleasing when they come from a sincere heart.
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Outline for the Lord’s Prayer
You can use an easy system to develop your own words to pray to the Father in the same manner that Christ prayed to him. You could use an outline to communicate with God using the Lord’s Prayer that goes something like this:
Our Father’s Prayer
- The first thing that Christ did in the prayer was addressed His Father by specifying to whom he was talking: “Our Father which art in heaven.”
- Next, he moved on to recognizing how blessed, sacred and holy our Father’s name truly is.
- After he was finished with that, he made some requests, and one request was for our Father’s will to be done and for things to be on earth as they are in heaven.
- Finally, he closed out with some praise and confirmed/confessed that all the power, the glory and the kingdom is the Father’s.
The Father’s will is the perfect will for any and every man or woman on Earth. His righteous ways should be ours. We should always pray to be in His will and not our own. God, the creator, the beginning and the end. He is the author and finisher of our faith. The Lord’s Prayer is one of Jesus teachings.
Christ then made a request for “our daily bread,” which we can understand as meaning “spiritual nourishment, wisdom, knowledge, instruction” and so on. The Lord then requested assistance and protection. He said, “Father, please help us to forgive the people who have wronged us, and please continue to forgive us of our sins.” We have to acknowledge and confess our sins, forgive others as our Father forgives us. Righteousness is a continual process that lasts a lifetime.
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
It’s a perfect outline of what our Father wants from us when we communicate. You can read over those verses or download an MP3 of a sermon audio to get an idea of how to use the outline. You may also want to read about the Jesus crucifixion and gain an understanding of how it affects us all.
Lord’s Prayer as Starting Point
To sum things up, the Lord’s Prayer is a good starting point. As you begin to pray, the Holy Spirit will assist you in what to pray for. We are to pray from our heart and our “spirit man” knows just what is needed.
If you are seeking the Truth and want to confess that Jesus is Lord and Savior over your life, confess the Sinner’s Prayer or Salvation Prayer, out loud, and give your heart to Him. You can read more about eternal salvation and what it means for your life. If you like watching Christian movies, we have many to watch for free!
“Heavenly Father, I am a sinner. I believe that your Son, Jesus, died for my sins, and rose again on the third day and ask for your forgiveness. I turn from my sins and invite you into my heart. Save me.”
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