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The Lord’s Prayer guides you in the “content” and the “order” ‘for you to pray

Just Jesus and Me
We Pray Alike – Part 2

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:9-15

Key Verse: Mark 1:35
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

The disciples asked Jesus a simple question (Luke 11:1): Can we pray like you?

If we did not already know His answer, what would most of us guess His response would be? I might imagine Jesus saying, “Yes, you can pray like me. But, not exactly.” Since we are mere humans, we could never pray like Jesus. But, as we all know, Jesus said, “This is how you should pray.”

As Jesus laid out the outline for praying, the disciples learned that they could be like Jesus in their prayers.

You can be like Jesus in your praying as well. It is a choice. You obviously do not have to. It is not a law of the Bible.

I am not trying to make a case for a legalistic rule on praying, but I want to pray the outline Jesus taught us. It guides me in the “content” that is appropriate for good prayers! It guides me in the “order” that I should pray. It tells me to first focus on my Father in heaven and to put myself last.

If all we had was Jesus — no other influences —we would all pray the Lord’s Prayer more passionately. Should we allow the apostles’ words to have more influence on us than Jesus’s words? Isn’t the Bible, in its entirety, inspired?

Look again at Jesus’s instructions: “This is how you should pray” (Matthew 6:9).

Take each statement of His prayer and slowly make it your sincere prayer.

Our Father in heaven… hallowed is Your name… Your kingdom come… Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive our debts… In Jesus’s Name, amen.