The Lord’s Prayer is such a powerful way to pray, taught by our Lord himself. Why is The Lord’s Prayer such a powerful way to pray? In the Bold Prayers of Jesus Challenge, I discussed the different components of the Lord’s Prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer can be broken up into various prayer categories:
- Prayers of praise and adoration
- Prayers of surrender
- Prayers of supplication
- Prayers of confession
- Prayers of deliverance
Let’s take a closer look at each of the key components of the Lord’s Prayer and understand how we can pray this powerful prayer with confidence!
How to Pray the Lord’s Prayer with Power
1. Begin your Prayer Time with Praise
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
Whenever we have the blessing and privilege to go before the Lord in prayer, we can come before him with praise and adoration. No matter what is going on in our lives, we ALWAYS have something to praise God for. We ought to give God praise and adoration simply because he is God!
Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. (Psalm 103:1)
Related: You can also read this post on the power praise and worship has to transform our perspectives and focus the victory we have in Christ! Praise is a powerful way to begin our prayers.
2. Pray the Lord’s Prayer as a Prayer of Surrender
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Praying a daily prayer of surrender is a great way to remember that we are not in control of our lives. We ought to always live with a posture of daily surrender to God’s will and not to our own ways. This is not always easy, but as we daily walk with the Lord, we must trust and believe that his will is better than our agenda and plan for our lives.
Proverbs 16:9 says,
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.
We may think we know what’s best for our own lives, but ultimately, God knows what is best! When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we can daily lift our hands and hearts to him in surrender and humbly pray like Jesus did In The Garden of Gethsemane, “not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).
3. Pray the Lord’s Prayer as a Prayer of Supplication
Give us today our daily bread.
Many of us are familiar with the ACTS model of prayer. The “S” in the acronym ACTS stands for supplication. The word supplication in English means “the action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly.” The Greek word for supplication is deēsis, and means seeking, asking, and entreating to God (source).
It reminds me of the time when Jesus said,
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”Matthew 7:7
When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we can boldly pray and ask God to provide for our daily needs. The simple phrase “give us this day our daily bread”, is a powerful prayer of supplication. Not only does he promise to meet our needs of daily sustenance and provision, Jesus in fact is the Bread of Life!
God will meet our physical needs, and he will also meet our spiritual needs and fill us with the satisfying sustenance of his daily Word. Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” (Matthew 4:4)
Related: Take a look at this post on the “I am” statements of Jesus, and see how Jesus powerfully declared that he is the Bread of Life!
4. Pray the Lord’s Prayer as a Prayer of Confession
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
I am so thankful that we serve a God who does not count our sins against us! The purpose for which Jesus came was to pay the penalty of our sins on the cross so that we could be made right with God (Romans 6:23). Because sin separates us from God and the wages of sin is death, Jesus lovingly took the punishment of our sins.
He was the only spotless Lamb of God who had the power to lay down his life and take it back up again! Now we are clothed in the righteousness of Christ (2 Cor 5:21). There are obviously times when we still sin. But that does not separate us eternally from God once we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
1 John 1:9 says it beautifully like this,
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
That is why we can humbly pray in the Lord’s Prayer, “forgive us our debts”. Not only does God forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, but he gives us the power and ability through the Holy Spirit to forgive those who have sinned against us.
What a mighty God we serve!
5. Pray the Lord’s Prayer as a Prayer of Deliverance
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
We truly serve a good God. Will never lead us into temptation-Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, and his path leads to hope, joy, and eternal life! Through Christ we have the victory to overcome any temptation that comes our way.
I love the verse in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that says this:
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we can confidently pray and expect that God will deliver us from temptation. We can also trust and believe that God will shield us from the flaming arrows of the evil one. Remember how Satan tried to tempt Jesus in the wilderness? (Matthew 4) If Satan tried (and miserably failed) to tempt Jesus, he will most definitely try to deceive and tempt us as well.
But when the enemy tries to shoot flaming arrows of deception and temptation our way, we can firmly stand girded in the Armor of God and trust that God will extinguish those arrows through the power of his Word!
6. End your Prayer Time the Way your Started–with Praise!
Traditionally, the Lord’s Prayer has been prayed in churches over the centuries, and many conclude Lord’s Prayer by adding what is known as a doxology–a short hymn of praise to conclude a reading of a psalm or biblical passage (source).
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Although the words of Jesus in the original passage from Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:1-4 do not include this doxology, many churches have used this phrase as a declaration of the power and authority of God’s kingdom that will reign forever.
3 Creative Ways to Pray the Lord’s Prayer
Praying the Lord’s prayer is a wonderful way to remember that greatness and goodness of our God. Try these three creative ways you can pray this prayer with a fresh spiritual lens, and to gain joy in the power of prayer!
1. Write the Lord’s Prayer
Get creative and write down this powerful prayer. Oftentimes when we sit down and take the time to write something down, we can process it more slowly and deeply. Instead of rushing through this prayer (especially if it is a prayer you have known for many years), take the time to write out some of your praises and prayers of supplication.
Grab a notebook, or download a free printable prayer journal here, and start writing your thoughts and prayer to God!
2. Color the Lord’s Prayer
Use coloring pages centered around the Lord’s Prayer and pray as you color and doodle! You can download a free coloring printable of the Lord’s prayer by clicking the link below!
3. Sing the Lord’s Prayer
There are so many beautiful versions of the Lord’s Prayer as songs and hymns of worship. Choose one of these songs to listen to during your daily devotion time with the Lord, or sing out loud the beauty of these powerful words! I love this beautiful version of the Lord’s Prayer sung by Tamela Mann–such a powerful version of this song!
I also love this version of the Lord’s Prayer (called Our Father) by Bethel Music. In this YouTube lyric video, I also love the beautiful images of God’s creation. To God be the glory!
More Free Printables of the Lord’s Prayer
Here are even more free printables of the Lord’s prayer! Download them and put them in your prayer journal of hang them on your wall at home!
This is a more minimalist printable of the Lord’s Prayer that you can copy and use however you like!
Praying the Lord’s prayer is an amazing way to pray! There is so much truth and power packed into these words of Jesus, and we can boldly pray this prayer with hearts of gratitude and praise!
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