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Praying the Disciples Prayer


The Prayer

“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 lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Matt. 6:9-13

Complementing Sides

Various people have written of ways to apply the Lord’s Prayer. One way is to divide the content in two, a God side and human side.

Realigning with God

The God side includes four parts:

  • “Our Father” – praying unselfishly for Him to lovingly rule your request.
  • “Your Name” – praying for His character to be contained within your prayer.
  • “Your Kingdom” – praying for His kingdom to be the focus of every desire.
  • “Your Will” – praying for His will to be manifested in every appeal.

Realizing results

The human side also contains four parts:

  • “Give us” – praying for personal needs, without the needs of others being jeopardized.
  • “Forgive us” – praying for forgiveness, with a determination to forgive others.
  • “Lead us” – praying for His leading, knowing the pathway will be free of temptation.
  • “Deliver us” – should there be failure to follow His lead, ask for an escape from evil.

The Heartbeat of prayer

Prayer involves realignment with results following. The process of realignment and results is ongoing.

To the measure you realign to God, you experience an equal measure of results.

The more you adjust to Him, more effects follow.

Unselfish prayers

Praying unselfishly is also an integral part of prayer. Our Father, give us, forgive us, and deliver us are rooted in community. The more you attach yourself to Jesus and those who follow Him, the more relevant is your prayer. Pray with others in mind.

The challenge

Pray to realign with God and for His kingdom to advance by the fulfillment of His will. If the eternal side is right, temporal needs are also met.

Pursue Him and forgive the transgressions of others! God will supply every need.

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