The Lord’s prayer is a lesson we can learn about Christlikeness. Prayer is one of the most important aspects of Jesus’ life and ministry. He started his ministry with prayer and he often withdrew to lonely place to pray. Several times he stayed up all night to pray.
Jesus did not just talk about prayer, He lived the life of prayer. The disciples also learned from Jesus how to talk to God the Father. We can learn from Jesus as he teaches his disciples how to pray.
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
He said to them, “When you pray, say:
“‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”Luke 11:1-4 (NIV)
This, then, is how you should 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 today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’”Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)