TEXT: Matthew 6:9-13
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Yesterday, we began looking at the Lord’s Prayer — the model prayer that Jesus gave us upon which to build all of our prayers. First, we saw that, even though it is a prayer of brief size and a prayer that many are taught to memorize as children, this prayer is not designed for us to repeat over and over again. It is meant as a guide that is easy to remember as we pray about a vast number of things on a great number of different occasions.
The second thing we notice about The Lord’s Prayer is its structure or organization. It is basically six different petitions. Andrew Murray summarizes them as follows: “First, THY name, THY kingdom, THY will; then, give US, forgive US, lead US. This lesson is of more importance than we think. In true worship [and in true prayer], the Father must be first, the Father must be all. The sooner we learn to forget ourselves in the desire that He may be glorified, the richer will the blessing be that prayer brings to ourselves.”
The six segments of the Lord’s Prayer are as follows: First, there is praise and recognition of God. “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” Second, there is the putting of God’s will before ours. “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Third, there is the request for our daily needs. “Give us this day our daily bread.” Fourth, there is the confession of sin and request for forgiveness. “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” Fifth, there is the request for deliverance from temptation and sin. “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Sixth and finally, there is again praise and recognition of God and His sovereignty. “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”
All of our prayers can be modeled around this basic, six-point pattern. At times, it may appear to be too simplistic, but it is not. When Jesus says, “in this manner therefore pray ye,” He is speaking in the present imperative tense. This is a command calling for us to make prayer after this pattern the habit of our lives. Prayer is not to be an occasional occurrence, but a lifestyle. It is sometimes a difficult task, but by praying the Lord’s prayer, we can be successful and consistent in our prayer life.
Mary J. Helphinstine wrote:
I’m Jesus’ little trusting child,
I need Him every day,
To shield me from temptations wild—
I’ll not forget to pray.
I thank Him for His loving care,
That angels near me stay;
At evening shall ascend my prayer—
I’ll not forget to pray.
And every morn, before I start
Upon another day,
I’ll ask the Lord to keep my heart—
I’ll not forget to pray.
Or should some trial come apace
I’ll hasten then away,
To ask the Lord for strength and grace—
I’ll not forget to pray.
Now, if you are with us today and you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and Hell.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at [email protected] and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.