The Lord's Prayer is simple and profound. It is a reflection of Christ Himself: humble and bold, loving and limitless. It is triumph in a handful of Words. It invites the coming of Christ--within us, His church and Earth itself. Its power is profound.
Called 'The Model Prayer,' it molds our hearts into vessels fit for a King: personal, reverential, kingdom-minded, obedient, considerate of all creation, hungry for Jesus, contrite, merciful, dependent on God's leadership--and His strength, submissive to God's sovereignty, enforcement and illumination.*
When The Model Prayer is said with a full heart, we begin to look like the Role Model Who created it: 'And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His Image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, Who is the Spirit' (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Before Jesus came to Earth, God gave us another role model: King David, a man after His 'Own Heart' (Acts 13:22). He prayed a lot, too. Within the psalms, we find many examples: heartfelt prayers of praise, anguish, confession and repentance--pleadings to God, and trust in Him for deliverance and victory.**
'I will exalt You, Lord, for You lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. Lord my God, I called to You for help and You healed me' (Psalm 30:1-2).
True prayer comes from your heart--not your head. Humility is essential. For hearts like mine was before Jesus--for hearts that are proud, hard and turned toward themselves--brokenness is a blessing: 'The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart--These, O God, You will not despise' (Psalm 51:17).
Put your heart into your prayer and watch in wonder--as God puts His Hand into your life: to transform it, and by your witness--to transform the lives of others around you.
To Be Continued...
** 'Praying the Psalms': http://www.persevering.org/psa_pray.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Sermon On The Mount series.