If you want to know how to do something, learn from an expert. When it comes to prayer there is no doubt that Jesus is the master. This is perhaps the most well-known of all prayers, the Lord’s prayer. Take some time this week to meditate phrase by phrase on what is being prayed. I invite you to use this to guide your own prayers.
While this prayer is a wonderful example of rich content, just as important is the posture that we are invited to take as we come before our Heavenly Father. As you read and meditate on this familiar prayer, consider the call to come humbly before our great God. He invites us to come before Him knowing and trusting that in Christ, we are His sons and daughters.
5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.