Jesus Taught His Disciples a Prayer-UCCP AKO . UCCP AKO

Jesus Taught His Disciples a Prayer-UCCP AKO

Text:

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.’

Reflection

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.

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Utter

 

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?

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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.

 

16 thoughts on “Jesus Taught His Disciples a Prayer-UCCP AKO”

  1. This was an insightful and useful post. Jesus certainly did teach his disciples a prayer and also how to pray. I myself have found that prayer can be done from anywhere and at any time of the day. I agree also that we need no special clothes, nor is it a requirement that you pray from a church, etc.

    I am curious what the UCCP AKO stands for? I did not see an explanation in the article so decided to ask you here. Is it something to do with the church or denomination that you belong to? I am not a member of any particular church or denomination myself….

    • Hi, Dave. Jesus was so concerned about the disciples learning how to pray and he suggested basic parts but he was not concerned about the posture, where to pray, what to wear.

      Besides the form of a prayer, I can say in my understanding that the focus of prayer is to connect with the Supreme Being. No matter how disorganized our prayers what is important is we know there is someone who hears our prayers.  What we worship is not a deaf one and who does not care.

      Thank you, Dave, for your engaging question.

  2. Hi Accad – I was personally very taken by this post and of the simplicity.

    I believe it is very clear and the focus on communication to God, in a way that everyone might understand is also clear.

    If the reason for opening this website was to find the correct way to communicate in prayer, I believe they would be very pleased.

    I speak to God in thought throughout every day and I’m happy he sent you page to me today.  I consider this site will provide those interested – a great reminder and tool to understand the value of prayer.

    I also would like to wish you wonderful support within the WA community – we are all here for similar reasons.

    God’s Blessings shared – thank you!

    Sandy 🙂

    • Hi, Sandy. It is utmost important for us to communicate with God. It’s useless knowing somebody and you want to talk to. It’s just like humans who are neighbors, who are friends, relatives but they talk to each other. That is an empty relationship.

      Our God is the source of our lives and by faith, we’ve known him. Thus it is also important to have the relationship enhanced by prayers for it’s the only way to say thank you for all the blessings, please protect us, forgive us, and bless us.

  3. Hi Accad,

    Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night. – George Herbert

    Wow, yesterday in our evening service the message was about prayer and we need to change our praying style. I was thinking and meditating about those words, and I am surprised to come across your article related to prayer. For sure, I need to improve my prayer life and need to change how I pray.

    Our LORD thought us how to pray and we can learn a lot from it. Read that passage a few times but never noticed the three parts you mentioned, very helpful.

    Often in our prayer, we just place our requests & wishes and finish it off. One important thing in prayer is listening to HIM. Prayer is when you talk to God, meditation is when you listen to God. Thanks for this article and I will share what I learned from your article with my church youth team.

    No man is greater than his prayer life. – Leonard Ravenhill

    GOD Bless!

    • Thanks, Paul for your support. You always come for comment and you contribute great ideas with transparency. What the Lord Jesus taught to his disciples is just basic. Others see prayers in the A-C-T-S arrangement which means Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication but you can have it your way.  The important thing is that we communicate with God and we believe that there is someone who hears us when we utter or think something sent to God as the object.

  4. I’m so happy to have stumbled upon your website!  I love that you have the courage to speak freely about prayer and your beliefs!  I am a Christian and rely heavily on prayer as well!  I wish you much success in your future – leave it to Him!!  Thanks for the great reminder!  All the best to you – Blessings!

    • Thank you, my sister, in Christ. I hope you are finding yourself in a profound relationship with our God to whom we are communing through prayers. It is not good to know someone, to have a friend or somebody but you don’t talk to. We know a diety, a Supreme Being to worship and it’s not only knowing but we have to talk to him either in public or in private relationships.

  5. To me this prayer, in whatever version, represents the very heart of my relationship to God. Sometimes I wake in the night and have trouble falling asleep, so I say this prayer however many times it takes, and often I feel the Presence from saying it.

    (For the website, I put my church one as I’m the webmaster there.)

    • Thanks, Rosana, it’s God’s presence that will give us assurance in whatever situation we have. When we pray he hears us. If we forget to say a prayer God is still in control of over us.

      Prayer is our expression that we can remember our parent God and request and supplicate for others.

  6. Hi Accad. Many thanks for sharing. This is indeed a powerful prayer. I think the words were chosen by Jesus because of their clarity and simplicity. Clear and precise without any fluff or ego from man. I have to agree with you that the position we are in, the attire that we are wearing, the time of day, or the volume of our voice are not the important factors here. It is our intention and devotion that in important.
    Kind regards 🙂

    • Glad to know you are aware about prayer. Whether we are Christians or not as long as we recognize a Supreme Being to talk with prayer is the way we can connect expressing what we think, what we feel, our supplications for others and for ourselves. We worship a God through and with prayers.

  7. Hi Accad!

    Thank you for this wonderful post on prayer! I am christian, my mom was raised catholic. Recently I have been having issues falling asleep and my mom told me to say this prayer to him every night over and over again. “He will hear and heIp you work pass what’s going on in your brain” is what she said. And it works every time. Before that sadly I would say I did not pray enough. It is now becoming a habit of mine and I can feel his presence everyday.

    Thanks for this post!

    • Thank you Katie for seeing the truth about a God who hears a prayer. In fact it’s not a prayer that has the power but the God whom we are praying to that answers prayer.

      Even we have the best prayers it will not effect something on us unless God will hear us and do it for us what we are requesting. I hope you’ve overcome your situation with God’s help.

      Prayer is part of our worship to God whether it be in private or in public. Every time we think and talk to God we are worshiping Him. Continue in your faith in Him surely, he will always hear your prayers.

  8. Very good post and I use this prayer often to keep me inline. I use the King James version but the meaning is the same. When we pray don’t worry about other people God sees and knows always. If we just think a prayer God knows He knows our Heart as well as what are need is. The Father loves us to ask thanks for this post they are not seen very much.

    • I’m pleased to know you are a Christian Fred and that makes easy for you to understand the need of a prayer. I sense also that you are reading your Bible, the King James version.

      You are right before we say something God knows it, if we are thinking of asking something God knows. Sometimes we pray in our thoughts or minds and we also pray in loud voices. These are all part of worshiping a God whom we owe our own life.

      I pray for your continued growth in your faith and in your relationship with our God.

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