In response to the Apostles request to be taught how to pray (Luke 11:1) Jesus gave them what has become known as the Lord’s Prayer when in reality it could be called the Disciples' Prayer, since it was given to them and us (Matthew 6:9-13. Luke 11:2-4). Some think it is a prayer we are supposed to religiously recite word for word. Some even treat the Lord’s Prayer as a mantra that will ensure God blesses us. However, realize God is far more interested in our hearts when we pray than He is in just our words (Matthew 6:6,7. Matthew 15:8. Philippians 4:6,7). I believe the Lord’s Prayer should be understood as an outline, a pattern, of how to pray. That is, it gives us the constituent parts that should go into our prayer time as we dialog (i.e., not monolog) with God. This prayer outline, similar to the way the Ten Commandments (1) perfectly addresses all areas of sin that are to be avoided; the Lord's Prayer perfectly addresses the areas of our lives that must be developed in order to live out a Christlike life.
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