THE LORD’S PRAYER
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 forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
- What is prayer?
Prayer is presenting our desires to God, for things that are in accordance with His will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of His mercies.
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Philippians 4:6-7)
- What standard has God given for directing us in prayer?
The whole Word of God is useful for directing us in prayer; but the special standard for directing us in prayer is the form of prayer which Christ taught His disciples, commonly called the Lord’s Prayer.
(Luke 11:1, Matthew 6:9-13)
- What does the preface of the Lord’s Prayer teach us?
The preface of the Lord’s Prayer, which is, “Our Father which is in heaven,” teaches us to draw near to God with all holy reverence and confidence, as children to a father, able and ready to help us; and that we should pray with and for others.
- What do we pray for in the first petition?
In the first petition, which is, “Hallowed be Your name,” we pray that God would enable us, and others, to glorify Him through our lives; and that He would cause all things to glorify Himself.
(Matthew 6:9, Matthew 6:33)
- What do we pray in the second petition?
In the second petition, which is, “Your kingdom come,” we pray that Satan’s kingdom may be destroyed throughout the earth; and that the hearts of all men would submit to, and confess, the lordship of Jesus Christ, either through conversion by the gracious persuasion of God’s Spirit, or by divine force at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
(Matthew 6:10, 1 Timothy 2:1-4, Philippians 2:9-11)
- What do we pray for in the third petition?
In the third petition, which is, “Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven,” we pray that God, by His grace, would make us able and willing to know and obey His will in all things just as the angels in heaven do.
(Matthew 6:10, Luke 22:42)
- What do we pray in the fourth petition?
In the fourth petition, which is, “Give us this day our daily bread,” we pray that by God’s grace He may give us, and others, all the things we need for our daily life in this world.
(Matthew 6:11, Matthew 6:25-34)
- What do we pray in the fifth petition?
In the fifth petition, which is, “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,” we pray that God, for Christ’s sake, would pardon all of our sins; we are encouraged to ask this because by His grace we have been enabled to forgive others from our hearts.
(Matthew 6:12, Matthew 6:14-15, Matthew 18:21-35)
- What do we pray for in the sixth petition?
In the sixth petition, which is, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one,” we pray that God would either keep us from being tempted to sin, or support and deliver us when we are tempted; this is a prayer for persevering grace.
(Matthew 6:13, Matthew 26:40-41)
- What does the conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer teach us?
The conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer, which is, “For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever, Amen,” teaches us that since God is sovereign and powerful, and we have prayed all these things for His glory, we can be confident He will answer our prayers; and it also reminds us that we should worship Him because He is over all things.
(Matthew 6:13, Psalm 135:6)