Our Spiritual Muscles
Praying Like Jesus – Part III
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:9-13
Key Verses: Matthew 6:9-10
“This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.’”
Since prayer is one of the best ways to exercise our spiritual muscles, let’s look further at how we can use The Lord’s Prayer.
Remember that The Lord’s Prayer is a model, not a set of words that we memorize and say mindlessly as a mantra to the Lord.
Here is my way of using the Lord’s Prayer as a model but understand that there are other ways to pray using this wonderful model prayer.
After I pray “Our Father in heaven”, I stop and thank Him for being my Father. I praise Jesus for paying the price for my sins and making it possible for God to write my name in the books of heaven.
This is also when I personalize my praise by giving thanks for anything else that comes to my mind for which I am grateful.
No matter how you go about praying, start your prayers with a time of gratitude for all God has done for you already.
When I move on to “hallowed be your name”, I stop again and proclaim Him worthy of my reverence and worship. I want to daily remind myself that I serve a God who deserves my life and my total obedience to His commands.
The next statement, “your kingdom come”, reminds me to look forward to the eternal Kingdom that will come when Jesus returns to this earth. Though I enjoy my life and do not have a death wish, I know that what Jesus has prepared for us is far greater than the partial Kingdom that we now live in and cling to. Therefore, I say by faith: even so, Lord Jesus come!
“Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” is where I stop and remember the Apostle Paul’s words that God’s will is good, pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2). Sometimes God’s will does not seem good and pleasing but we know that someday we will understand that God was right every time!
Here I also pray for the leaders of every nation that God has put in place (Romans 13:1). I pray that nations’ leaders accomplish His will, even if they are evil leaders.
This is also the time I tell God that I want His will to guide my life and my family’s lives.
If you believe that God’s way is the absolute best way to do life, why wouldn’t we ask for His will to be done in our lives?
Father, I am so grateful that I can talk to You and know You hear and care about all my needs. Help me to always pray and never give up. In Jesus’s Name, amen.