The Model Prayer

The Model Prayer

The Bible records many instances of Jesus praying.Sometimes He prayed all night.1 Other times He got up before dawn to prayalone.2 Occasionally He prayed in front of His followers as an example to them.3

He prayed for His disciples and for all of us who would come to know Him throughout the ages.4 He offered prayers of praise and thanksgiving to His Father.5 He also prayed in times of anguish and personal difficulty.6

One day, Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them to pray, so He taught them this simple prayer7 that has been a model for countless Christians since.

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name. 
Your kingdom come. 
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread. 
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors. 
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one. 
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
1. Luke 6:12
2. Mark 1:35
3. John 11:41–42
4. John 17:21–22
5. Luke 10:21
6. Luke 22:41–44
7. Matthew 6:9–13

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Ronan Keane

Ronan Keane is the executive editor of the Activated magazine. 

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