The Bible gives many examples and much teaching on prayer. Prayer, put simply, is talking to God. The scriptures tell us that Jesus, Moses, Elijah, and others often went to be alone to pray. Prayer is typically comprised of the following components; Praise, Thanksgiving, Confession, Intercession, Supplication, and Waiting or Drawing Near. The following is an expanded example of the prayer that Jesus taught as a model.
I. Our Father which art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name (Praise & Thanksgiving)
God is the Creator of Heaven and Earth. In the OT, God’s name was often linked with attributes and covenants. The following are some examples of the Hebrew names and their attributes.
Jehovah-Tsidkenu: My Righteousness Jehovah-M’kaddesh: My Sanctifier Jehovah-Shalom: My Peace
Jehovah-Shammah: God is there
In the NT we call Him Father by the Blood of Christ. All of these names should be hallowed, respected as Holy.
We praise God and thank Him for all of these attributes and covenants. The praise song states, “I will enter His gates with thanksgiving, I will enter His courts with praise.” That is how we should approach God our Father.
II. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in Heaven (Thanksgiving & Confession)
Pray for God’s will in yourself, your family, your church, and your nation. We are thanking God for His will. We are confessing that His will is supreme and our need to have that Will fulfilled in our lives.
III. Give us this day our daily bread (Supplication)
Be specific, asking with full faith of the answer. Believe that it is God’s will for you to prosper and have the things you need and want.
IV. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors (Confession)
Ask God to forgive you. Forgive and release others. Set your will to forgive those who sin against you.
V. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil (Supplication & Intercession)
Pray a hedge of protection for yourself, your family, and loved ones. At this time pray for the specific needs of others as well. Put on the whole armor of God. Eph. 6:10-18
VI. For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever (Praise & Waiting)
Make faith declarations, return to praise, and wait in God’s presence for Him to speak to you.