"So He said to them, "When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one."
- Luke 11:2-4
If you were ever looking for a window into Jesus' prayer life, this is it.
Just like His entire life on earth, His prayer is not what is expected, but what is needed. Christ's prayer is not what we think we want to hear.
The Pharisees and other religious leaders in Jesus' day prayed long, impressive, big-worded prayers. Jesus' prayer is profound, but simple. It is real, sincere, and full of faith in God.
- "Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name"- He ackowledges God's presence and supremacy
- "Your kingdom come"- He asks for God's ways, will, and nearness
- "Give us day by day our daily bread"- He asks for God's provision
- "For give us our sins... we also forgive"- Though He never sinned, Jesus shows us the importance of repentance and God's response of forgiveness. When we cannot forgive others, we have lost sight of the fact that we, too, are forgiven.
- "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one"- He acknowledges our dependence on God. God is not the cause of temptation (James 1:13), but in His sovereignty, He knows our limits (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Jesus gives an example of the simplicity and sincerity that should flow from our hearts when go to God in prayer. Like Christ, lets acknowledge God for who He is and ask of Him what need in faith knowing He is and will provide. Most importantly, lets thank Him for His love and grace that makes seeking Him so easy that we can pray anywhere at anytime.