A Guide To Intercessory Prayer
by Rev. Richard W. LaFountain

Prayer of Jesus
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13

One of the simplest prayers of the Bible is the prayer Jesus taught his disciples. (Mt. 6:9-13, Luke 11:2). We call it the Lordís Prayer but actually it is the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples to pray. It is a Disciples Prayer. It is simple in that it contains all the ingredients of a prayer that is pleasing to God. It is so simple a child can learn it. But remember it is a pattern to learn, not a prayer to recite without thinking.

If our goal is to become more like Jesus and to follow him, that is, to obey him as faithful disciples then let us learn the pattern of the Lordís Prayer.

After this manner therefore pray:

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer.....

  1. God's glory - Hallowed be thy name
  2. God's kingdom - Thy kingdom come
  3. God's will - Thy will be done
  4. God's provisions - Give us bread
  5. God's forgiveness - Forgive us our debts
  6. God's deliverance - Deliver us from evil
  7. God's exaltation - Thine is this kingdom

The Lord's Prayer is not about me. It is about God!

What's your prayer pattern? Give me? Or give thee?