The Lord’s Prayer
The Lords Prayer has been much misunderstood and often misused over the centuries. It was the staple diet of school assemblies when I was young. We used to recite it daily in that ‘sing-song’ way only an assembly hall full of reluctant, if obedient, children can.
Our particular plan was to attempt to say the pray as many times as physically possible in the time it took the rest if the school to recite it once. I can’t remember what the record was but we clearly weren’t thinking much about the content of the prayer.
The prayer is best seen as a framework for your own praying. A model of how to pray, the kind of things to include and even the most useful order to pray things. It really wasn’t Jesus expectation that this would ‘DO’ as the only prayer. If it was he failed as it’s never repeated or recorded as being repeated throughout the rest of the New Testament. However the principles are repeatedly seen in many of the great prayers of the New Testament.
You might like to try praying through the Lords Prayer, with these things in mind. Use each line as a springboard for your own prayers.
9 ‘This, then, is how you should pray:
‘“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today 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 the evil one.”
Matthew 6 v 9-13