Lord, Teach us to Pray

Luke 11:1-4 (ESV) ~ Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”


The Instruction of Prayer – Revealed in a Formula


  • Jesus uses three facets – “Give us … Forgive us … Lead us.”
  • Time is revealed:
    • Give us ~ The Present
    • Forgive us ~ The Past
    • Lead us ~ The Future
  • God is revealed:
    • Give us ~ God the Father
    • Forgive us ~ God the Son
    • Lead us ~ God the Holy Spirit
  • Now let us look at our verses:
    • Verse 1 ~ The Person of Prayer; Our Lord Himself
      • Jesus prayed.
      • It had been prophesied that He would give Himself to prayer:
      • Psalm 109:4 (ESV) ~ In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer.
      • He was always praying; examples:
        • He prayed at His baptism (Luke 3:21)
        • He prayed during His temptation (Luke 5:16)
        • He continued all night in prayer (Luke 6:12)
        • He was along praying (Luke 9:18)
        • He went up into a mountain to pray (Luke 9:28)
        • He was now praying in a certain place (Luke 11:1)
      • While Jesus prayed, something caught the eye and the ear of the disciples. Apparently, they were off to the side someplace but within sight and hearing. Three things stirred them to ask Jesus to teach them to pray.
        • Jesus often prayed, and He emphasized prayer as one of the greatest needs of human life. He always insisted that it was the source of His strength in living and serving God. Therefore, the disciples were aroused to hunger after the same strength for life and service.
        • Jesus prayed as a Son to His Father and such intimacy stirred the disciples to want the same kind of relationship with God.
        • John had taught his disciples to pray. It was common practice for a teacher to instruct his disciple in prayer. Jesus’ disciples used this as the basis to ask Him: “Lord, teach us to pray.”
      • Verses 2-4 ~ Jesus’ model prayer. Naturally, Jesus will teach anyone to pray – anyone who is really sincere and wants to begin praying. This is a model prayer, a guide, points of which are to be prayed through:
        • Thank God for two things:
          • Thank God for being “our Father”
          • Thank God for heaven. Heaven is the spiritual dimension of being; it is the real world, incorruptible and undefiled, and it does not fade away. More importantly, it is where God is, and it is where we shall be.
        • Praise God. He name is hallowed, set apart, different. God is holy, righteous, pure, loving, kind, merciful, gracious. Therefore, God is to be praised for who He is.
        • Request for things in particular:
          • Pray God’s kingdom come. Christ needs to be enthroned, His rule and reign established on earth. His will needs to be done in all of our lives just as it is done in heaven.
          • Pray for daily bread, that is, for the necessities of life. People are hungry, starving both physically and spiritually.
          • Pray for forgiveness. We should pray for the Father to forgive our sins and we need to take some time in discussing the matter with our Father.
          • Pray for deliverance.
Pastor Andy Lambert

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