The Lord’s Prayer: A Focusing Prayer

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Having a prayer plan can enrich your prayer life.

Jesus gave us a perfect plan in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:1-4 when the disciples asked Him how they should pray. The Lord’s Prayer today is a part of many Christians’ worship and prayer plan. Martin Luther gave his interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer to the believers of the sixteenth century. He felt it was meaningful for the Christians of his day and I believe it still holds relevance in our prayer life today.

The following is a focusing outline using the Lord’s Prayer.

  1. Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name: Focus on God as the sovereign Lord of all.
  2. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven: Focus on God’s existence on Earth and His will is the driving force of our lives.
  3. Give us this day our daily bread: Focus on you will receive everything you need for this day. Let go of the struggles of the past and trust God has tomorrow managed.
  4. And forgive us our trespasses: Focus on asking for God’s forgiveness.
  5. As we forgive those who trespass against us: Focus on spiritual growth to be like God and forgive as He does.
  6. And lead us not into temptation: Focus on God’s guidance to do His will.
  7. But deliver us from evil: Focus that God will guide you through your day.
  8. For thine is the kingdom: Focus on the belief the Kingdom of God is the authority over all.
  9. And the power: Focus on the power God gives us to live a Godly life.
  10. And the glory: Focus on giving all the credit for good works to God.
  11. Forever: Focus that God is, was and always will be Lord of all.
  12. Amen: Believe that God will do what He says He will do.

The Lord’s Prayer is a covenant or agreement we make with God. Make your prayer plan today.

By our VP of Prayer, Mary Sneed

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