In Luke 11:2-4 Jesus taught us about prayer. Let’s briefly examine some of the basics that He taught.
“Our Father”—We must understand that we are now in
relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ. This grants us
the right to stand before His throne and make our petitions known.
“Which are in heaven”—His ways are higher than our ways; His
thoughts are higher than our thoughts. He lives in a place of absolute
and total victory. There is no possibility of defeat in God.
“Hallowed be thy name”—God’s name and reputation can be trusted. He is just and will never speak anything to us that is contrary to truth.
“Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth”—The
way things exist in His heart and His mind are how they should be on
earth. As you and I walk with God, we will have a growing inner desire
to see His kingdom come in glory and in power; to see His will done on
earth as it is in heaven. There is a shift that ought to take place in
our prayer. It should no longer be all about us but should now be
focused on others. This is where the true power of prayer is found!
“Give us day by day our daily bread”—God will give us our daily provision as we ask Him for it and acknowledge that He is our provider.
“And forgive us our sins: for we also forgive everyone that is indebted to us”—You
and I are ambassadors of the kingdom of forgiveness. It is therefore
imperative that we forgive others, lest we be unable to represent the
forgiveness of God on the earth.
“And lead us not into temptation: but deliver us from evil”—We
must trust God to lead and deliver us, recognizing that we are not
smart enough to get through this life on our own. We are deceptive to
the core of our beings, and we can create what we think is the leading
of God, even though it is actually the leading of our own heart. We
simply must not assume that the pathway we are on is right, even if it
may appear so in our sight. According to the Scriptures, “There is a way
that looks right unto man, but its end is the way of death” (see Proverbs 16:25).