Another Look At The Lord’s Prayer
June 28, 2017
Anyone who has been in church for any length of time is more than likely able to recite the Lord’s Prayer by heart. We’ve heard it quoted over and over.
In Matthew 6, the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. Jesus said to them, “Pray like this: Our Father, which art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on 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, forever. Amen.”
This prayer was a model that Jesus used to show the disciples how they should approach the Throne of God. A little later, in Acts 1:14, we find that the 11 remaining disciples, the women, Mary the mother of Jesus and His brothers were gathered in the upper room of a house waiting on the Holy Ghost to come, the “promise of the Father.” In verse 14 it says, “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication…”
Here, the word “Supplication” comes from the Greek word, “déēsis,” which means “to make known one’s particular need.” So, we see that Jesus was teaching the disciples a formula to prayer, which consisted of 2 parts, PRAYER and SUPPLICATION.
When we look again at the Lord’s Prayer, we see this same formula. Jesus prayed giving praise to the Father. “Our Father, which art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name!” It’s only after He had given proper honor to God, that He made His supplication (request) known saying, “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.”
In Acts 4:24-30, we see this same prayer model again by the Apostles. After Peter and John were taken into custody for preaching the gospel and seeing a lame man walk, they were released and went back to their people telling all that happened. It says, “And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said (prayed), Lord, Thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:” A few verses down, after they had given praise to God and His awesome power, they made their supplication (request) known saying, “And now, Lord, behold their threatening: and grant unto Thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak Thy word, by stretching forth Thy hand to heal and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of Thy holy child, Jesus.” Then the Bible says, “And when they had prayed… the Holy Ghost came.” They came to the Father, honoring Him first, and left with their needs met.
We enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. We acknowledge Him for Who He is. It’s after this, we make our requests known and we wait for the promise to come, by His Holy Spirit.
What an awesome privilege to serve a GOD that hears and answers!