Praying Like Jesus

When our lives are hectic, it may be hard to settle down and pray. When our hearts are hurting, we may not know what to say. When we’re wanting to deepen our relationship with God, we may wonder what pattern of prayer pleases Him.

There is one Person whose heart always pleased God, Someone who has shown us how to talk to Him. In Matthew 6, Jesus gave us a pattern for prayer. He told us:

  • how to address God,
  • what to focus on in life,
  • how often to ask for what we need,
  • what to do about our sins and others’,
  • how to guard against evil, and
  • why to ask for these things.

If Jesus taught the disciples to pray like this, we know that this pattern of prayer is complete with power, with a respect and love for God, and with a desire to see His will done in our daily circumstances.

Jesus prayed this way in Matthew 6:9-13 (NKJV), and so can we:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.

Father, we draw close to You, and we respect, honor, and love You for who You are.   

Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

We pray that Your rule in our lives would be supreme, above anything else that would seek to take Your place. May Your kingdom be established in our hearts and minds, so that Your good purposes are accomplished in us and through us. We submit our wills to Yours. Help us to do Your will in our daily circumstances and routines. 

Give us this day our daily bread.

We bring to You our daily needs and prayer requests. We look to You to take care of us and to provide what we need.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Forgive us of our sins as we confess them to You, and help us to be wise and strong enough to forgive those who have wronged us.

And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Guide our steps so that we don’t give in to temptation. Deliver us from Satan’s schemes. Help us to keep watch over our own hearts and families, and to stand guard through prayer over our church, city, country, and the world. Strengthen us to resist the ways of the world and to embrace Your ways so that Satan doesn’t have victory in our lives and in our society.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

To You belong perfect authority, power, and glory forever. We will honor You today in what we say and do. You are Almighty God. Amen.

 

When you pray, do you follow a particular pattern? If you pray similarly to the Lord’s Prayer, which part do you spend the most time praying about? Share your comments below, and may God bless your prayer time and use it to bless many, many lives.

 

© Copyright 2015 by Katy Kauffman

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Comments (12)

  • anon

    Great post.  I try to address my Abba as Holy and acknowledge that He is in Heaven.  I love praising Him before.  I thank Him ahead of time for His answer to prayer; whether it be yes no or wait.  
     

    Sep 15, 2015
  • anon

    I love remembering He is our Abba Father AND Holy God. I think it's a great practice to thank God for His answer to prayer even before it happens. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Cherrilynn!
     

    Sep 15, 2015
  • anon

    It's so easy for us to have our prayers decline into a familiar pattern of empty repetition. Reminders of Jesus' model is something all of us need from time to time. He likes it when we remember things like that. Thanks for blessing Him along with us--and keep writing!

    Sep 15, 2015
  • anon

    Thank you, Ron! I want to remember that I am speaking to God--really speaking to Almighty God--when I pray and not to get used to repetition or let my prayers lack fervor. Thank you for your comment!
     

    Sep 15, 2015
  • anon

    I've heard several lessons on this prayer but your post is wonderful, Katy. Your application of each line enriches it so much. 
    I'm not organized enough in the morning to have a pattern :) but I always start the same way: praise. I praise Him for who He is and what He has done for me. I guess it bleeds over into gratitude. It's amazing how praise and gratitude soften my heart to listen to His voice and to honestly bring my requests to Him. 

    Sep 15, 2015
  • anon

    I agree, Sherry! Praise and gratitude focus us on God and His voice. We can praise Him for what He has done before we can ask Him more things. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!
     

    Sep 15, 2015
  • anon

    I think i'm still learning that :D

    Sep 15, 2015
  • anon

    And I'm still learning how to use this pattern. :)
     

    Sep 15, 2015
  • anon

    I don't usually pray that prayer - maybe I should start :D

    Sep 15, 2015
  • anon

    That would be great, Andi. Thank you for stopping by and commenting!
     

    Sep 15, 2015
  • anon

    Katy, I love your post. When I pray, I generally acknowledge God, my Father, (not always using the same words), and I thank Him for hearing my prayer. From there, it varries, depending on the situation. In the last few years, I have focused on the discipline of prayer because I realized I was neglegent of spending time praying as I should.  I tend to spend my time reading and studying God's Word. 
     
    I believe many people these days have not been brought up in church and are unfamiliar with the "Lord's Prayer."  I pray that your mini lesson on it will be a great blessing to many who may be in that group, as well as those of us who know it and need to be reminded of its precious value.
     

    Sep 15, 2015
  • anon

    Thank you for your comments, Connie! It was easy for me for a while to spend a lot of time studying the Bible, and then prayer time got shortened because of my schedule or some other reason. But I find great peace and joy in balancing prayer time and study time now. Thank you for sharing.
     

    Sep 15, 2015

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