First, when we address the Almighty God, let us come in humility recognizing that we are bringing petitions to the Highest and Holiest Deity. Secondly, Jesus directs the disciples to focus on the divine will of God; his plans and his purposes. Pray that the Kingdoms of this world become the Kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ and that He reigns forever. The third phrase indicates that we are free to ask the Father for our physical needs. Asking for daily bread, both physically and spiritually, places us in a perpetual place of dependency upon His abundant provision. Imploring the Most High to forgive us of our sins is the fourth phrase in the model prayer. Many times we begin our prayer times confessing our failures. Jesus did not order his example in that manner. Only after we lift our voices in worship, concerning ourselves with the Lord God's agenda, are we to examine our own failures. Please, take note that we have a right to have our sins forgiven in the same manner in which we forgive others. If we freely forgive those that have offended us, we too will be forgiven our offences toward our Heavenly Father. Fifthly, the disciples heard the Lord teaching them to pray what we would have "a hedge of protection" about us; "lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil." As we pray these words in faith, we can expect our lives to be ordered by the Lord with minimum interference from the enemy. Minimum, because we understand that we are called to be over-comers. If there is nothing in our lives that the Lord allows to test our faith, we will never have the opportunity to become "over-comers" . The half-brother of Jesus, James, wrote these words: "Count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations, knowing this that the trying of your faith worketh patience and let patience have it's perfect work that you may be perfect and entire wanting nothing." The concluding phrase of the Lord's Prayer encourages us to end our prayer time the same way we began: giving recognition that GOD IS GREAT AND GREATLY TO BE PRAISED AND HIS GREATNESS IS UNSEARCHABLE.
Prayer is talking to God. Prayer is pouring out our souls to the One who created us with great expectation that He will order our lives aright. Prayer is not a rote repetition of well worn words. Prayer is the spontaneous heart felt cry to our Father that loves us and wants us to be with Him in Spirit and in Truth. The prayer pattern the Lord put forth is a positioning that enables us to pray without ceasing.
"Call unto me and I will answer you..." says the Lord God Almighty.
Call unto HIm! Amen!