Just about everyone I know knows the Lord’s prayer. Until fairly recently it was embedded into the fabric of our culture:
Who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy 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 lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For thine is the kingdom and the Power and the Glory
Forever and ever
there is something quite unique though about the Lord's Prayer. It operates on two levels:
1. A level that can be taken literally and achieve great power and victory in life
2. As a template for prayer to build any prayer off of
With your permission, I would like to briefly examine the Lord’s prayer as a perfect template or example of perfect prayer. There is not a more beautiful prayer in the world:
Our Father – Daddy, Abba, Pops. I call your name
Who art in heaven – I look to heaven for you. I seek to make eye contact with you. I call more directly upon your name.
Hallowed be thy name – I praise you, I love you, I cherish you. Hear me now. I am so small compared to you. Forgive me of anything I could have done to heart you
Thy kingdom come – Lord hear my praises and bring your spirit upon me. Dwell within me. Come down from heaven and be here right now.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven – Let your will be done. Answer my prayers. As I pray my prayers in your will. Free _____ from _____. Deliver me from ______. Please heal ________
Give us this day our daily bread - Renew me/us. Give us what we need to survive. Give____ to _____. Provide for _______ in miraculous ways.
And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors - Lord I repent of anything that could hold me from you. I know bitterness can even drive a wedge between us, I forgive anyone whom I may hold bitterness toward. Purify me lord. Cleanse me from within. Make me a new and perfect creation in your holy name. renew me oh Jesus
And lead us not into temptation – Keep me from the things that tear our relationship apart because I know you can not be where sin is, and I want to live my life so close to you. Keep me from any evil ways and help me to never turn back
But deliver us from evil – I now smash the enemy in your holy name. Deliver me. Deliver ___ from _____. Free _____ in Jesus name
For thine is the kingdom and the Power and the Glory - Lord thank you for all that you have done. Thank you for answering my prayers. Thank you for being here. Thank you for your miracles. Let you power and your glory be manifest in every way. Fall all of the people I prayed for with your holy spirit. Be near me oh lord as I worship you.
Forever and ever - Forever
Amen – So let it be
Can you now see how this template can be used for any prayer? Isn’t it perfect how the prayer is perfectly sealed up to create a manifestation of the holy sprit and be victorious in every way. Align your heart to god’s will and pray this prayer with authority in your own words and how can you not experience victory?
Let me pray with and for you.
An application and example:
“Oh Lord, you are an awesome God. You are magnificent. You are great, you are mighty you are holy. Wonderful. Thank you so much for being God. Thank you Jesus for being my saviour, our saviour. Oh lord thank you.
May your spirit be upon us now. Fall upon the those that read this prayer with me. Bring your spirit upon us oh lord right now in Jesus name. Come upon us and let your holy spirit flow. Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah. I repent and turn from any areas right now that may slow the movement of your spirit in any way. Please lord. Forgive me. Be here with us. Thank you.
Father, I lift my life to you. I lift the life of the person that is with us now. I pray you do a magnificent work in their life. You would minister to them by your holy word. You would lead them by your right hand. You would give them victory in every area that holds them from living in complete fullness with you. I pray you grant them wisdom well beyond their years. That you would open the eyes of their heart so that they can see you clearly. Let us see your face and live Jesus. We call upon you. Thank you! Thank you!
Thank you for nourishing us in your holy spirit. I thank you that we can feel your might flowing as we speak. Thank you. Continue to multiply the spirit in the life of all those who partake in this prayer. Be with us lord. Multiply your spirit in Jesus name. Fill us to overflowing I pray. Heal sickness. Heal pain, heal the past. Do your will in Jesus' name! In Jesus' name. Not my name. But yours. I pray this in your will and holy name.
Once again Lord, forgive me. As you bring things to my life and our lives that we need to ask forgiveness for, please encourage us, walk with us and let our words be your words. (For the sake of this prayer, I will not include my personal baggage at the moment. I have spoken it, feel free to share by doing the same). Father, we give these things to you and don’t desire to take them back. Take them from our hands. Take the weight off of our backs. Be our lord and deliver us from the hands of our enemies and free us from our sins’ in Jesus' name. Thank you.
I right now lift up all those that may have hurt me or forsaken me in any way. I pray you have your way in their lives. You would bring your justice if justice needs to be served so that I can set myself free from being the judge, I also pray you bless them, restore them to wholeness like you have done me. I am a sinner just like they. Thank you Lord for forgiving me. Forgive them oh Lord and bring them into your presence and grace in Jesus name. I release any control they may still have in my life and consecrate it to you. Thank you, Jesus. I feel your spirit confirming this prayer as I type. Thank you.
Holy are you Lord. Holy are you. Lead me not into temptation. Thank you for your spirit in my life. Live in me. Take residence in me and keep me on the righteous path in Jesus name. Where you take residence, no sin can exist lord so be with me I pray.
Let you kingdom come oh lord. Let you Glory descend upon us like a cloud. Be here oh Lord I pray.
Deliver us from any spiritual attack or oppression. Protect our health, protect our family and friends, anoint our country with your spirit and move in our world I pray in Jesus name. Deliver us Jesus
Thank you for your spirit and thank you for you promises. Thank you Lord.
Answer these prayers I pray. Be with us forever and ever.
So let it be
Now that felt good. I tried to keep it short and sweet and pretty generic. I did not write that prayer because I wanted to prove a point but because I truly wanted you to be blessed by the prayer itself. That is why I believe God moved in our midst as you read. Thank you Jesus thank you Lord.
My prayer has simply made a larger template out of God’s perfect template. All you need to do is insert your heart, pray what’s in your life, be as specific as you would like and remember P.R.A.Y. and that will help to hold you in the lord’s prayer for as long as you like. Don’t worry about always praying your prayer in order. Pray what is on your heart. Quite often you will bounce around all over the place but don’t worry, you will cover all of the bases I am sure.
May the Lord bless and keep you, May he shine his loving light upon you. May he bring a newness to your prayer life and may your entire life be lived as an act of worship, prayer and adoration to our most high and heavenly father. Thank you Jesus.
May you be encouraged in everything you do. May you feel God’s spirit flowing through you and with you. May you be led by his spirit and may others see the love, life, anointing, heart, power and presence of Jesus with you in Jesus name.
I can keep praying like this for hours but I will try to restrain myself. I hope this has spurred you to continue praying from here or simply start your own prayer from the beginning. I worship my Lord for brining my text to you and I pray it has been and will continue to be a light unto your path. In Jesus name.
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