Jesus teaches us to go deeper in our asking when we pray by teaching us how to pray with the Lord’s Prayer. God wants us to ask the six request by praying the meaning of each, he shows us the ultimate example for our own praying when we go into our rooms, lock the door and pray in secret and he will reward us openly.
Jesus teaches us to go deeper into our asking when we pray by giving us the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6: 9-13.
The prayer teaches us to focus on God first in our prayers, then follow by asking for our needs.
By putting God first in our prayers and by realizing that we are His children who depend on Him just as our children depend on us.
Jesus teaches us to go deeper in our asking when we pray by showing us how to ask. We must first acknowledge the things of God and then focus on our needs. We reverence His holy name and His will and then focus on our need and dependence for Him.
There is a difference in just reciting words and coming to the Lord sincerely from the heart. We go deeper when we go into our prayer closets, (separate ourselves) and have an impactful one on one time with the Lord in prayer. It’s understanding the relationship we have with Him and how precious it is. It’s coming to Him in reverence but also with confidence because He is our Heavenly Father and He wants the best for His children. As we approach Him we remember that His way is what matters the most. We are tuned into Him, His glory, His majesty, His greatness and that His will be done in us and through us. Then we make our requests, ask for forgiveness and understand that it is only in His strength that this can be done. We seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto it.
By praying by the six guidelines of ‘The Lord’s Prayer’.
The first three focus on God, and the second three focus on our needs.
By using The Lord’s Prayer as a tool for praying.
Jesus taught us the Lord’s prayer as a model for us to ask in our prayer. There are six requests in the Lord’s Prayer. The first three requests are about God, while the other three requests are focus on our needs. The needs are our daily bread, our forgiveness, and lead us not into temptation.
He introduces the Lord Prayer to show us how we should pray properly – the structure is focuses first on God and then on us. There are many examples of Jesus praying in the Bible and we should be able to learn from his actions when praying.
Jesus invites us into a relationship with him. He wants us to go beyond just asking for things in prayer, rather truly spending time with him, getting to know him. He shows the love of God in the sermon on the Mount. He reminds us that just as an earthly father would provide for his child so will our heavenly father. He shows us that God loves us so much despite who we are, sinful by nature, and wants to hear from us!
We tend to get stuck on the things that we see in our lives that we need or want. If we are “advanced”, we might keep prayer journals and track other people’s needs so that we can pray for them too. But Jesus teaches us to remember to pray for eternal, Heavenly things first- to pray for God to be honored above all else, to pray for God’s kingdom to come soon, to pray for His will to be done here on Earth. By focusing on everlasting things and God’s will, we are put in the right mindset to pray for our needs and the needs of others.
He tells us to ask, seek and knock in Matthew 7:7 , but then He teaches us how to pray when He instructed us by giving us the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13).