What We Pray For (Matthew 6:9-15)
The Lord’s prayer is one of the most well known and beloved teachings that our Lord gave. But do we understand it? It serves as a model. This is not a prayer we are to repeat everyday. Not that it is wrong to repeat it, but that isn’t really the purpose. It teaches us how and what to pray for. When we pray, we pray to our Father who is in heaven. He is our Father, and we have a close, loving relationship with Him. But He is also our Father who is in heaven. He is in heaven and we are on earth, therefore we must fear and show great respect. After showing us the reason for the prayer and who we pray to, we are then given what we are to pray for. Our first priority must be on God and His kingdom. We pray for His name to be considered holy, as it is holy. We pray for God’s kingdom to come, and then for God’s will to be done. Next we pray for our needs. That our daily bread would be given, that we would be forgiven as we forgive others, and that we would not be led into temptation but delivered from evil.