One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray…”
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us to the time of trial,
but rescue us from the evil one.*
For the kingdom
and the power and the glory are yours forever. Amen.
9 Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? 10 Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
As followers of Jesus, we pray the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). It is often called the “model prayer,” given by Jesus to his followers. It embraces thankfulness for God’s glory and appeals for our own needs. We have prayed this prayer at in-person worship, and no doubt you have prayed this paryer privately in all the various seasons of our lives. In the context of “this season” of life, of change and uncertainty, of disappointments, and discouragement due to a pandemic, this prayer takes on meanings that can sustain us and nurture us. Jesus provided this model as an outline to teach us how to pray in a way that connects us to God and empowers us to accomplish great things through Him.
Our Father who art in heaven. Our first concern is glorifying God’s name. Our divine parent “in heaven” is over all and is the one we worship in all life. We pray to God. We pray believing God hears the deepest concerns of our hearts. Our deepest concern is expressing praise to God for who God is, what God has done, is doing and will do. We worship God, our loving Lord, who compassionately hears and answers our prayers. With the psalmist we pray: “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens. Let your glory be over all the earth” (Psalm 57:5).
Starting our prayer time acknowledging our relationship with God is powerful for us and delights God as well.
You have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, “Abba, Father.”
In your prayer today use some or all of the following points as reasons for thankfulness to God "Our Father in heaven." Try to incorporate the scripture references into your prayers as well.
God I thank you that:
You are my Father in Heaven
Matthew 23:9 ... for you have one Father, who is in heaven.
Isaiah 64:8 But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
You are my Creator—my Maker
Gen. 1:26-27 Let us make human beings in our image, ... So God created human beings in his own image.n In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Ps 100:3 Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
You intimately knit me together in my mother’s womb
Ps 139:13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I exist because you created me and intended for me to exist
Ps 139:16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Rev 4:11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
I exist by you and for you
Rom 11:36 For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen
You are intimately acquainted with every detail of my life
Ps 139:3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Matt 10:29-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
You are my Father who is always present with me
Ps 23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Ps 118:6-7 The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies.
Ps 139:7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?