INTRO TO SECTIONS // THE LORD’S PRAYER
The Lord’s Prayer is often recited in churches or at religious events, but there’s so much more to this prayer. Jesus provided this model as an outline to teach us how to pray in a way that connects us to God, aligns our priorities with His, and helps us live dependently on Him. This model takes us through each part of The Lord’s Prayer, showing us how to pray the way Jesus instructed.
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray…” LUKE 11:1
“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 NKJV
DAY 3 | PRAY HIS AGENDA FIRST
“Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven”
Part of being a child of God is caring about what He cares about and loving who He loves. We know His will is perfect, and we acknowledge His wisdom and sovereignty when we pray His agenda first.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” – Matthew 6:33 ESV
Spend time focusing on what God is focused on. His priorities include:
Saving the lost
Wisdom and guidance for those in authority— parental, spiritual, governmental, work-related
Caring for the poor and marginalized
Unity and love
Freedom for those in bondage
Accomplishing His purpose in our lives
“God, I recognize there is no better plan on earth than yours, and I pray for your will to be done in my life (name the areas of your life where you need more of God’s presence today) and in our world. This world is lost and needs you desperately, and I pray for every person to know you as their personal Lord and Savior. I pray for the leaders in my life (pray specifically over parents, spiritual leaders, governmental leaders, employers, and any other leaders in your life), that you would show them your will and give them supernatural wisdom and discernment as they lead. God, I pray that your heart for justice and unity would be seen in our world; that those who are in bondage will be set free; that the needs of the poor and marginalized will be met. Show me what my role is in seeing the realities of heaven come to earth. Make your priorities my priorities. Help me love who you love and see value in all people. I give my life to you again today; have your way in me. Please give me wisdom and clarity as you show me my next steps.”
Today, pray for our local, state, and national leaders. Pray for wisdom and God’s hand to guide them. Pray for protection for our community and nation. Pray for peace as we enter into a very volatile election and that God’s good will be done in all things. Pray that even in tense times, the Will of God will be done according to His Glory.