Chapter 6 – Using The Model Prayer To Intercede

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Provide the Scriptural references for both versions of the model prayer.
  • Explain why the Lord’s prayer is actually a prayer of intercession.
  • Recite the model prayer from memory.
  • Use the model prayer as a guide for intercession.

INTRODUCTION

There are two versions of what is called the “Lord’s Prayer” or the “model prayer.” One is recorded in Matthew 6:9-13 and one in Luke 11:2-4. Most Bible scholars agree that the similarities between them justify regarding the two versions as forms of the same prayer rather than different prayers.

Matthew’s version was given when Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount. The passage in the book of Luke was given about two and a half years later when the disciples came to Jesus asking Him to teach them to pray. During this interim period, the disciples watched Jesus pray and witnessed the power that resulted from His prayer experiences. This created in the Disciples a yearning desire to learn to pray, so they asked their Master, “Teach us to pray.”

Jesus responded with the words of what has come to be called the “Lord’s prayer”:

In this manner, therefore, pray:
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.
Matthew 6:9-13

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