Mat 6:9 This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven: May your holy name be honored;
Mat 6:10 may your Kingdom come; may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Mat 6:11 Give us today the food we need.
Mat 6:12 Forgive us the wrongs we have done, as we forgive the wrongs that others have done to us.
Mat 6:13 Do not bring us to hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One.’
Prayer is the medium which we can talk to God in spirit. It could be in mind or an utterance. If this is the communication we use to connect with God it is essential in our daily life and our faith in God.
Anyone can think of prayer but not anyone can utter it in private and in public and this is a fact Jesus observed among his disciples.
Not only Jesus did not hear his disciples pray but he knows how unorganized the thoughts of them.
From this post, we will clarify the purpose of Jesus in teaching his disciples to pray.
I. Content and Organization
Jesus set a model of prayer that anyone can make it a starting point to learn. It is a content simple to be followed. It is organized and not too long and repetitious.
First part is Adoration-the use of the title ‘Father’ is a form of respect to whom you are talking with. Also, is a theological assertion that God is a parent to whom the closest relationship is due.
If in the earthly thrones and powers almost all political leaders are given the title ‘honorable’, why not the God who is loving, caring, and provider be honored, in fact, he is most honorable than anybody else. He has all the powers that reach and empowers.
The second part is the Confession-‘Forgive us’. .an acceptance of someone’s vulnerability, insufficiency, inequity, against a Holy God.
Not only to the perfect God to whom we have committed sins but also to humans and other creations to whom we have lavishly acted improperly and harshly conversed with.
This is the part of the prayer that anyone recognizes that we often fail consciously or unconsciously to God’s expectation through our conscience.
The third part is Seek for Guidance-‘. .and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil’. . .
Because we are prone to commit excesses and lavishness against other creatures, and we lack wisdom against God’s foolishness, we need to be guided by the perfect and complete.
It is in this way that we can be perfected because of our submission to the all-perfect.
II. What Form of Prayer did Jesus Teach His Disciples? How would they do a prayer?
Jesus said, this is how you should pray but he was referring to the content and organization of the prayer.
He did never mention of any position of a person when he/she prays. In the preceding verses of the text, Jesus warns his hearers, saying. . .
“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites! They love to stand up and pray in the houses of worship and on the street corners so that everyone will see them. I assure you, they have already been paid in full. But when you pray, go to your room, close the door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen. And your Father, who sees what you do in private, will reward you. “When you pray, do not use a lot of meaningless words, as the pagans do, who think that their gods will hear them because their prayers are long. Do not be like them. Your Father already knows what you need before you ask him.
Clearly, there is no recommended proper position needed to be done when we pray to God. The taboo is not to be like the hypocrites that They love to stand up and pray in the houses of worship and on the street corners so that everyone will see them.
Jesus did not mention a degree or volume of a voice to be employed. He did not suggest a soft voice, a loud voice or a shout. He impliedly said that God hears and sees anyone in a small voice, in a hidden and a secret place. Even the attire to be worn is not a concern in this discussion.
Thank you for reading and find additional information on components of prayer here.