As a Church we have decided to have a “Surge” of prayer, fasting, and Scripture reading. For the prayer portion of our week we have decided to pray a prayer that most of you are familiar with, no matter how long you have been attending a church: The Lord’s Prayer.
Now let me clarify. We are not simply praying the Lord’s Prayer, as in mindless quotation. We are praying through the Lord’s Prayer, which means each day we are going to work through this famous prayer of Jesus Christ and pray what He prayed. The Lord’s Prayer is of great value to disciples like you and I because Jesus teaches us how to pray.
This doesn’t mean that in order to pray we must quote His exact words. Rather Jesus gives us a model of prayer from which we can draw content for our own prayers. His words inform our own as he prays for a perspective adjustment, prays for God’s will to be done, prays for provision, forgiveness and help to forgive others.
It is a beautiful prayer and we are going to pray through it together this week. Every morning look for the prayer on this blog. You will see 1) the highlighted portion that we are emphasizing, 2) a prayer that you can pray along, and 3) some points to pray as you go throughout your day.
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
(Matthew 6:5-13 ESV)