"We enter to Worship and depart to Serve."
The Power of the Lord’s Prayer
Jesus did not tell us how to preach, but how to pray. The disciples could see how Jesus engaged with sinners and those in need. They could follow his example. The disciples could sense the close relationship that Jesus had with God through prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit that Jesus acquired through prayer. They wanted that same intimate relationship with God and the same power of the Holy Spirit in their lives, but they did not know how to pray to receive that grace. In Luke 11:1-4 the disciples ask Jesus to teach them how to pray.
So Jesus told them when you pray, pray like this and we received the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:9-13. It is the only method and model of prayer that Jesus taught. It has six parts. When we learn to pray this prayer, we begin to align our lives with God’s will for us.
First we begin with “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” We proclaim that just as God is the father of Jesus, God is also our father. We too have an intimate relationship with God. He is what we belong to and he is what we long to become; a person without sin.
Next we pray “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” We and God desire the same thing. We want a world without the darkness of sin and evil and a world where all people have repented of their sins and seek to become one in Christ.