The Lord’s prayer was never intended to be a plug-and-go prayer. It’s was given to us by Jesus as a model. He said when you pray, pray like this.
There are six parts to the Lord’s model prayer, and each part was intended to be a track that our prayers should frequently run on.
- Hallowed be Thy name = PRAISE
- Thy will be done = PURPOSE
- Give us our daily bread = PROVISION
- Forgive us our debts = PARDON
- Deliver us from evil = PROTECTION
- The kingdom, power, glory = PRAISE
Even though throughout this series we will be using the Lord’s model prayer, it’s not really a series on prayer but a series on how Jesus thinks.
Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “For My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts, says the Lord, and My ways are far beyond anything you can imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My thoughts are higher than your thoughts.”
The Lord’s prayer is an invitation into the thoughts of God.
Jesus was actually saying, This is NOT just a way to pray. This is a way to THINK! You ought to think about these things on a regular basis.
We think too narrowly. It’s time for us to think about the things that God is thinking about. So, the title of our series is “Living The Jesus Perspective.” Today we are going to take the bookends. The Lord’s Prayer starts and ends with PRAISE!
The model prayer begins, “Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.” The first two words are highly significant: our father. “Our Father” speaks of a perspective of otherness. Our Father is not just my father—give us our daily bread, not just my bread…forgive us…lead us….
I am wired to spend my days thinking about me, my, and mine. God wants to reprogram our self-focused mind into we, us, and ours.
I dare say most of our thoughts and prayers are focused on ourselves. If we want to live the Jesus perspective, that must change.
You can listen to Pastor Ron’s message, Living the Jesus Perspective here.