Thursday, October 11, 2012

Praying the Lord's Prayer

Matt. 6:9 “Pray like this:
 Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven. Give us our food for today, and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” NLT

Luke 11:2    “This is how you should pray:
 “Father, may your name be honored. May your Kingdom come soon. Give us our food day by day. And forgive our sins – just as we forgive those who have sinned against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation”. NLT

I want to consciously model my praying after the Lord’s prayer.  In thinking about how to do this I ran across a chart in Praying the Scriptures by Evan B. Howard, adapted below.  As you know I’ve already started using this and it has helped me remember to be specific and pray each type of prayer.

Verse                                     How to Pray                         Type of Prayer
Holy is your name                  Praising God for his              Worship, Thanksgiving
                                                holiness and thanking
                                                him for his grace
Your Kingdom come             Giving God total control         Submission, Surrender
Give our daily bread               Asking God to meet               Petition, Intercession 
                                                today’s needs
Forgive our sins                     Admitting sin to God              Confession
as we forgive all                     asking forgiveness.
                                                Telling God how you
                                                have been sinned against
                                                 and forgiving those who
                                                have hurt you.
Protect us from                      Asking for strength over         Protection, Deliverance             temptation and evil                 areas of evil which may
                                                tempt you and protection
                                                from Satan.   
Worship & Adoration
I thank you and praise you! You are an awesome God. You are the King of Kings, the Creator, my Lord and Savior. You are The Truth. You are Love. Your grace is amazing.

I give you total control over my life, as much as I consciously can. Help me not hold back any thing from you or take back control. I can only do this with the power of your Spirit. Keep showing me when or where I fail to do this.

Today I need your presence with me and your guidance. Help me be loving and caring. Guard my tongue and my temper. Let your Light will shine through me. Help me speak only what you would have me speak. Bless my family members. Bless, comfort, help and heal friends who are sick or struggling. Open the eyes of relatives and friends who don’t know you and draw them to you.

Forgive my sins this day and reveal them to me. Forgive me for irritation with a loved one yesterday. You helped me work it through so it did not infect our relationship. I thank you for this. I have forgiven him for his shortcomings and I have forgiven others who hurt me in the past

Protection and Deliverance
Father God,
Strengthen me in overcoming my own areas of weakness – pride, self focus, criticalness, and worry. And protect me and my loved ones from Satan’s attacks.

Blessings, Dottie


  1. Dottie,
    My pastor just completed a series on prayer and he mentioned all the major points you have stated here . Thanks for sharing this model of prayer. Visiting from Faithful Bloggers.

  2. Angela,
    Thanks for your comment from a faithful blogger! It's greatly appreciated.

    Blessings, Dottie