He said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’” Luke 11:2-4 (NIV)
In response to the request of the disciples for Jesus to teach them how to pray, Jesus gives them what has become known as the Lord’s Prayer.
A longer version of the Lord’s Prayer is found in Mt. 6:9-13.
As we examine the Lord’s Prayer closely, it’s important that we don’t see it as an incantation that has special powers. Instead, it is a model of the elements that godly prayer should contain.
I find six elements within the Lord’s Prayer.
The first element is praise for God. When our hearts have the right attitude toward God, spontaneous praise should pour out of us. We should praise Him because of who He is…not to get something from Him.
He is righteous…
He is holy…
He is beyond comprehension…
He is full of compassion and love…
He is awesome…
Praise for Him is a good place to start our prayer…allowing those words of praise to spontaneously rise up out of our hearts rather than simply reciting words that we have memorized.
The second element found in the Lord’s Prayer is the affirmation of God’s will in the coming Kingdom. As followers of Jesus, we recognize that the events around us are not unfolding according to chance. God has a plan and since He is in absolute control of everything in the universe…that plan is unfolding according to His will.
We usually don’t understand the whys of how that plan is unfolding…but that really shouldn’t surprise us.
We aren’t God.
Our role is to recognize, affirm, and trust in God’s plan. We know that His plan is to bring about a Kingdom in which His rule and authority is recognized here on earth in the same way it is recognized in heaven. And He has given each of us a small part to play in that plan in our role as healthcare professionals.
As we pray toward that end…we are reminded of our small part in His larger plan.
Prayer: Lord, continue to teach me to better praise You and remember You are bringing Your Kingdom to this world.