The Lord’s Prayer Model
In Matthew 6 we find what we call “The Lord’s Prayer” or the “Our Father.” Though it was given to us by Jesus, it is not intended to be a word for word prayer that we repeat without meaning. It is to serve us as a pattern or model. Many people find it helpful to follow the outline this prayer follows, similar to how we would follow the A.C.T.S. method. I’ll show you how that looks…
Matthew 6:9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
- Spend time acknowledging God’s role as your Father
- Spend time “hallowing” His name… worshiping Him.
Matthew 6:10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
- Acknowledge God’s rule over all things in heaven and earth. Submit yourself and your time of prayer to that rule.
- Ask God to bring about His will on earth perfectly, just like it is in heaven. This is prayer that asks God to overcome the consequences of sin in daily, practical matters.
- You could also pray here that the Lord would accomplish His will in the circumstances faced by friends, relatives, etc.
Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread,
- Similar to the “supplication” part of the A.C.T.S. prayer, this is where you ask God to act on your behalf, to provide, to give you what you need.
- This is another section where you could pray for others and the needs they have.
Matthew 6:12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
- This is where you would confess your sins and failings.
- Ask the Lord to forgive you because of Jesus’ death on your behalf. Ask Him to give you the strength and ability to turn from that sin.
- Ask the Lord to show you any situations where you need to offer or give forgiveness to someone else, or pursue reconciliation with another person.
Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
- Ask the Lord for protection from temptation, Satan, sin, and your own sinful inclinations.
- Ask the Lord to make you strong in your faith when these temptations do come your way, so that you can honor Him in that moment.
This example is just a rough outline. Feel free to fill it in with more details from your own life. Use the categories of the Lord’s prayer to pray through your prayer list!