When his first disciples followed Jesus, they especially noticed His dedication to prayer. One day they asked him to teach them to pray. The Lord Jesus then gave them a template, not for them to recite as in a mantra, but to use as a guide.
See the Lord’s Prayer as a pattern you can use to express prayers to God that demonstrate the proper respect, commitment, trust, and focus using the following outline.
THE LORD’S PRAYER OUTLINE (Matthews 6:9-13)
Adapted from THE PRAYER OF JESUS (2002) by Ken Hemphill.
|Who is in Heaven||Stresses Authority
|Hallowed be Your name||Commitment to Holiness|
|Your Kingdom come||Commitment to Participation|
|Your will be done||Commitment to Obedience|
|Daily Bread||Trust for Physical Provision|
|Forgiveness of Debts||Trust for Cleansing of Sin|
|Deliverance from Evil||Trust Power over Temptation|
|Yours is the Kingdom||Focuses on His Rule|
|…the Power||Focuses on His Sufficiency|
|…the Glory||Focuses on His Presence|