The Lord’s Prayer Devotional

The following is transcript of the devotional based on the Lord’s Prayer Dave read in the sermon, Drawing Near Through Prayer. You can also download a live audio excerpt which can be used as a resource for guided prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer
(Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4)

When we don’t pray, we allow our hearts to harden toward God and our thoughts and desires fall out of tune with God. And in so doing, we rob ourselves of being more and more in harmony with the God and Creator of the universe!

When we do draw near to God in prayer (especially prayer led by Scripture—like the Lord’s Prayer, Psalms, etc.), something happens in our hearts, and to our faith.

As human beings, we desperately need to worship and believe and be in tune with God—and remind ourselves that he is our greatest need—on a daily basis. In other words, praying the Lord’s Prayer is our need, not God’s.

Jesus intended to put words in our mouth by giving us the Lord’s Prayer. Praying the Lord’s Prayer—out loud or meditatively in our hearts—is a way that Jesus gives us to “tune” our hearts to be in harmony more and more with who God really is and what our need really is.

These are the kinds of prayers God wants us to pray and that he wants to answer.

So instead of singing a song, where going to prayer together through a kind of expanded version of the Lord’s Prayer, where each line provides a heading in order to guide our prayers.

The goal is not just trying to get through this as if it’s a ritual. The purpose is to let it guide our prayer—to let these prayers soak a while in our minds and hearts so it can comfort us—challenge us—and change us!

Our Father in heaven

You are my Father in Heaven (which means I’m a child of Heaven)
You are my Creator—my Maker
You intimately knit me together in my mother’s womb (Ps 139:13)
I exist because you created me and intended for me to exist (Ps 139:16; Rev 4:11)—
I exist by you and for you (Rom 11:36)
You are intimately acquainted with every detail of my life (Ps 139:3; Matt 10:29-31; Lk 12:7)
You are my Father who is always present with me (Ps 23:4; Ps 118:6-7; Ps 139:7)
You are “our Father”—so all your people are my brothers and sisters precious in your sight

Hallowed be Your name

May your name be glorified and honored—I glory in your glory
May your name be high and lifted up (Isaiah 57:15)—in my heart and mind and soul and…
May your name be treasured and loved and cherished above all else
May my life bring glory to your name in my words, my relationships, my work, my…

May your kingdom come

Your kingdom is the Shalom my heart longs for
I want to live for the coming of Shalom—your kingdom—as my greatest hope and desire (Matt 13:44-45)
I long for your kingdom to come—Come Lord Jesus! (Rev 22:20)
May your kingdom come more and more in my heart and my desires and…

May your will be done (on earth as it is in heaven)

I exist by and for your will (Rev 4:11; Rom 11:36)
Only in your will is true life, true joy and satisfaction forever found
Your will is the only will that is my good and my glory forever
Only in your will can I be truly happy and free
Not my will, but your will be done! (As Jesus prayed in Lk 22:42)

Give us this day our daily bread

Provide for me today everything I need for today—
And for tomorrow everything I need for tomorrow
I trust you that everything you provide is everything I need
Fill me with the Bread of Heaven to satisfy my hungry soul

Forgive us our sins…

(Jesus assumes our need for forgiveness every time we pray. And giving us this prayer request means that God answers the prayers of sinners! Sometimes we can become paralyzed in our praying and afraid to approach God because of guilt. But we are always sinners completely saved by grace through Jesus Christ. And God does not turn away the prayers of sinners when we pray like this.)

Forgive me for all the ways I have turned away from you and your will—
The ways I have not trusted you—
The ways I have offended and grieved you—
The ways I have rejected your wisdom, your love, your goodness, and your glory for my life

As we forgive those who have sinned against us

I forgive those who have offended me and sinned against me, because you have forgiven me of such a greater debt of offenses and sins I’ve committed against you
I forgive those who have hurt me—those who have acted against me
I forgive them and release to you my bitterness, resentment, and anger toward them
I will let go of my unforgiveness and let you deal with them

Lead us not into temptation

Keep me from being deceived by temptation’s false promises
And help me overcome every temptation by believing your promises of true Life in Christ—
By believing your promises are always far more satisfying and rewarding than the false promises of sin
By believing your will for me is always my only true good forever

Deliver us from evil

Deliver me from the evil one—
Who is seeking and desiring only to destroy me—
To rob and destroy your good for my life

Because yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen

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