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Learn to Pray Like Jesus

Mar 10, 2020 |

“…Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1).

Luke doesn’t identify the disciple who approached Jesus with this request. We can assume, however, that he was motivated by more than simply a desire to keep up with John the Baptist’s disciples. The unnamed disciple, like the other eleven, likely saw the power of prayer in Jesus’ life. He saw the priority Jesus placed on prayer. He saw how prayer energized and sustained Him. And he wanted that same source of power, energy, and sustenance in his own life.

The disciple’s bold request was met with an even bolder answer. Jesus taught His followers a blueprint for prayer that resonates as powerfully today as it did two thousand years ago. Let’s look at four parts of the prayer the Lord taught His disciples to discover how we can pray like Jesus.

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

Jesus establishes His priorities immediately in His prayer. He wants to do God’s will. Period. He emphasizes that point in John 6:38: “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” Jesus sets the tone of His prayer early so that everything that follows will align with His primary purpose.

They’re not easy words to say and mean. Putting God’s will and His kingdom first means sacrificing our own wants and needs. In Jesus’ case, it eventually meant sacrificing something much more precious. Matthew 26:39 records another prayer of Jesus, this one in the Garden of Gethsemane, just before He’s arrested. Jesus knows that in a matter of hours, God will turn His full wrath on Him to punish Him for the sins of the world. He’s facing unimaginable agony.

In his prayer, Jesus asks God to remove His suffering—but only if it’s God’s will to do so. Jesus’ first priority is for God’s will to be done, even it means torture and death for Him. He doesn’t just pray the words; He lives them—and dies for them. If we make God’s will our first priority, we’ll discover what it means to be used in powerful ways by Him. We’ll also discover the enormous potential of prayer that Jesus tapped into.

Give us day by day our daily bread.

Jesus emphasizes the importance of daily dependence on God. He doesn’t ask for a week’s worth of blessings. He asks only for today, because He looks forward to tomorrow’s prayerful encounter with God. He craves daily interaction with His heavenly Father.

That’s how God prefers to work too. In Exodus 16, he sends a morning batch of manna for the Israelites to gather, prepare, and eat. The next morning, He sends another batch. God wants His people to rely on Him daily for our provisions. Not only does it keep us close to Him, but it helps us maintain a constant awareness of where our provisions come from.

Staying focused on the Lord’s blessings of today also keeps us from giving in to anxiety about the future. Jesus emphasizes this point in Matthew 6:34: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.

This portion of the Lord’s Prayer is for our benefit. Jesus was sinless. He had nothing to ask forgiveness for. We, on the other hand, need forgiveness daily. So Jesus helps us understand that forgiveness is a two-part process. We receive forgiveness from God and offer forgiveness to others.

In that sense, it’s similar to the apostle John’s teaching in 1 John 4:11: “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” We love others because God loved us first. He showed us the way. It would be hypocritical to hoard His love without sharing it with others. The same goes for His forgiveness. We forgive others because God has forgiven us. Forgiveness, then, becomes common ground between us and God. It brings us closer to Him.

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

God always provides a means of delivery when His people face temptation. “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Jesus was no stranger to temptation. Before He started His public ministry, He embarked on a forty-day fast in the wilderness. Seeing that Jesus was physically weakened, the devil appeared to Him and tempted Him three times. Three times Jesus countered Satan’s temptations by quoting Scripture. The Word of God was His means of delivery from temptation. Satan was no match for it and had to leave in defeat.

That same means of delivery is available to us today. So our prayer should be for God to remind us of His Word when we face temptation.

31 comments on “Learn to Pray Like Jesus

  1. Lloyd Claxton says:

    A great explanation of prayer – One of the best I’ve seen in my 76 years as a Christian – Thank you and God Bless

  2. Leli says:

    Amen – Hallelu-Yah

  3. Robert L Stephens says:

    Thank you, we as believers
    do not pray this prayer enough.
    I pray using the acronym
    A. C. T. S.
    d. o. h. u.
    o. n. a. p.
    r. f. n. p.
    a. e. k. l.
    t. s . s. i.
    i. s . g. c.
    t. i . i . a.
    i. o. v. t.
    o. n. i. i.
    n. n. o.
    g. n.
    s.
    Let your requests be known unto GOD.

    1. Jeffrey Lee says:

      May I know what your acronyms stand for?

  4. JOHN GAYE says:

    I am very grateful for this message and i pray that God should give me the knowledge, wisdom and understanding to understand his words according to his will in Jesus Almighty name AMEN

  5. George Hart says:

    I’m greatful for the eye opening information that I received and it really gives clearly the understanding of how we should pray. Thank you. God bless!

  6. Lu Ann Shue says:

    I have been a Christian for over forty years and I still found this a powerful reminder of how to pray and the emphasis behind each section of the Lord’s Prayer. God will speak to us daily if we will take time to listen.

  7. Nancy says:

    The daily dependence on the Lord is especially relevant today amidst the shortages in the stores and the mass hysteria about the Corona virus!!! It really spoke to my heart today. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  8. Grace Davidson says:

    Thanks for this Daily Bread. It was needed in this time of trouble. God bless you.

  9. Amy E. Moeller says:

    Matthew 6:7 “Do not use vain repetition like the heathen do. For they think they will be heard for their many words.”
    That is one that is important too.

  10. Adarine Jouett says:

    This was very good!!! I had heard “the Lord’s Prayer” broken down before but never this way. Thank you for this!!!

  11. ENOCK SITIMA says:

    Great lesson indeed.

  12. Rubino J Maxwell says:

    Being taught how to pray for what is already always available from the Father.
    It is really helpful.

  13. Derrick Dowsey says:

    I’m praying for spiritual growth and guidance and support I’m a recovering addict,I was addicted to crack cocaine for twenty seven years and I’m two years clean and sober.my addiction change faces now I’m struggling with gambling playing scratch off and numbers please brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus pray for me a lost soul trying to come back home to like the prodigal son.

    1. Faye Hinson says:

      Just remember God cares for you!
      You are Loved by God!!
      Trust God with today!!
      Yesterday is gone, Tomorrow has never come, but today is the present.
      Read Matthew 6:30-33
      Praying for you!!

    2. John Brooker says:

      You need to call yourself “delivered” and free of all addictions. Faith declares what isn’t as though it is.
      In accepting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you have a new Shepperd who will carry all the cares you are willing to put on Him.
      Declare yourself free and delivered, and get into the Word daily and speak and do it daily.

    3. Alex Nersessian says:

      Derrick,
      I have struggled with addictions such as the ones you describe and the Lord freed me from all of them. He is the God that gives perfect peace and once your soul experiences that peace you will be freed from all those bondages. Stay in God’s word for it has the power to save your soul.

    4. Rebecca says:

      Bless you dear brother. God honours your honesty and sincerity. May He surround you with good mentors and support. Eph 3:14-21 especially v18. “And I pray that you being rooted and established in love may have power to grasp how wide, how long, how high and how deep is the love of Christ v19 and to know this love that passes all understanding.”
      Jesus loves you immensely, He has never stopped chasing after you. He left 99 sheep just to look for the ONE lost sheep, that is YOU. Luke 15:4-7.
      Continue to nourish yourself with the word of God (the bible ) daily , it’s life giving food. In Romans 2:12 We are encouraged to renew our minds daily (with the life giving word) so that we don’t conform to the patterns of this world .
      Stay encouraged

  14. Leonard Hadley Sr says:

    Very Nicely broken dow to completely understand the Lords Pray

  15. Kevine says:

    Thanks for this encouraging information

  16. Dr.Ubsmart says:

    I thank God for this revelation,
    Our generation needs to be reminded 2000 years ago is power,and dominion over the devil with his words still abound. And it keeps going whether the devil likes it or not,neither will he let his children be victim of corona virus Matthew 10:1.

  17. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you so much for the exposition . I am blessed.

    God bless you.

  18. Cyndy says:

    Glory to God for making His Word fresh

  19. Jo-Ann Nanton-Fraser says:

    I was moved to open this email this morning, and I am glad I did. It will definitely help me to understand the Lord’s Prayer better. I especially liked how it was broken down.
    Thank you, and God bless.

  20. Lawrence says:

    This is nice I am bless already by the explanation on this subject of prayer.now we can pray better and be sure that we are praying in God’s will and also have our answer.thank you for this message

  21. Maria says:

    Thank you

  22. gift kaunda says:

    thank you and God bless you

  23. Ruth Powell says:

    The Lord’s pray is powerful. My pastor Bishop LeRoy Smith, Jr taught that to us a few years ago. Amen

  24. OkpulorDC says:

    Thanks so much. Quite enlightening! Is in effect a pattern to follow for growth and maturity as a Christian. @Derrick, as a son is empower to remit sin and see it so: yours now is remitted in Jesus name. You are freed! Give time to the word. For us all my heartfelt prayer: LORD God help us grow and mature in our walk and work with and in You even as our Lord Jesus Christ taught according to Matthew 5 and as Solomon, the son of David, king of Judah admonishes according to Proverbs 3 in Jesus name amen!

  25. Dexter Andog says:

    This is true, onky prayer can make us strong to sustain us in daily living, and not to lost Our fucos on him.

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