P-90X “Prayer for 90-Days!” Day #5 The Model Prayer (Pt.1)

Oct 6, 2013   //   by Tina McCrea   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on P-90X “Prayer for 90-Days!” Day #5 The Model Prayer (Pt.1)

The Model Prayer (Pt.1)

 
By: Evang. Tashara Luster

Prayer teaches us about God and who He is. It shows us how we are to respect Him and honor Him in our lives.
Model is defined as a standard or example for imitation or comparison. It is a representation. A model is something that gives shape or form to something else. The prayer in Matthew 6 is our Model Prayer Format. I want to spend the next few days expounding on each principle of this great Model Prayer.
Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him,
“Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”
So He said to them, “When you pray, say:
“But, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 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, forever. Amen. 14For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses”(Matthew 6:6-15 & Luke 11:1-4).
The first word “Our” reveals a new dimension in our lives.  We are no longer a solo act, doing our own thing, but we are now in a community, a fellowship that includes many brothers and sisters in the Lord. We may not always be in their company, but we are always members of the same body and as such, no longer alone. We are addressing the Father of us all. “Our” also speaks to possession and ownership. We are to own and possess the power of prayer. It is our privilege and right to pray to our God, who is our Father.
Now we progress to the second word, “Father,” which tells us that we are part of a very large family that is seeking to communicate with the One God and Father who is reaching out to us. The word Father indicates that we are in fact His children and that He is the One you are opening your heart to, the One who has tender ears to hear His children calling out to Him.
When you can address God and know who He is, then He in turn will tell you who you are! Father is the greatest characteristic of God. How powerful is it that the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, and the Creator of the Universe is our Parent, Our Father!
All prayer is to be addressed to God. No one else is worthy of being able to hear and answer prayers.

“Who Art in Heaven” This is a given knowledge of where your petition is being heard. Your prayers are not just hitting a ceiling then coming back down, but they are transcending the natural and earthen realm and they are entering into the Holy of Holies of God (Heaven). He who sits in the heavens (Psalm 2:4), is He Who resides in His kingdom and sits upon His throne. He is also the One who has sent His Son to redeem us and we are now not our own, but we are His property (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). He rules and reigns over the universe from His eternally divine position.

“Hallowed be Thy Name”– now you are really at the part that could be labeled as Worship, which we all should move into as we go into prayer. WE ARE TO REVERE THE NAME OF GOD. Honor God! We are calling on the Almighty God and we are first acknowledging His holiness (‘hallowed’). What an awesome thought!
The Power of the Name of God! When Moses met Him at the burning bush (the hallowed ground), he asked Him, “Who should I tell them is sending me?” God spoke and said that he should tell them that I AM is sending you. Paul wrote of Jesus in Philippians that God had highly exalted Him and had given Him a Name that is higher than any other, that at the Name of Jesus every knee must bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God.
The Names of God: Jehovah Nissi – Strength – Jehovah Rohi – Shepherd – Jehovah Shalom – Peace – Jehovah Rapha – Healer – Jehovah Jireh – Provider – Jehovah Tsidkenu – Righteousness – Jehovah Makaddesh – Sanctification.

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