"It happened that Jesus was praying in one place and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him," Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples. "He said to them," When you pray, say: Our Father who is in the heavens, may your name be sanctified, your kingdom come, your will be done, as it is in heaven, so also on earth, our daily bread, give it to us today, forgive us our sins, because we also forgive all those who owe us And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. "
This important section deals with prayer in such a complete way that it could not be found anywhere else in the Gospels. It may seem similar to other sections of the Gospels although, in fact, it is different. There are those who believe that this passage constitutes an insertion, an intrusion, in the chronological account of the ministry of Christ. It is true that the narrative movement does not follow, but it introduces many interesting implications.
The reason why His disciple wanted to know how to pray was that he saw and heard Christ pray. The custom of the Lord was to retire to pray Alone. A disciple was able to hear His prayer and in his heart arose the desire to pray like Christ. At present, the Lord Jesus Christ is at the right hand of God interceding for us. He is our great Intercessor. And it is still a good idea to ask him to teach us to pray. An appropriate request would be, then, "Lord, teach us to pray."
This disciple was not simply asking how to pray. The Lord had presented the Sermon on the Mount, which summarized how one could pray. I was not asking for a technique, a system, an aesthetic form or a ritual that should be followed. It was not about how to do it, but he wanted to pray as Christ prayed.
The disciple asked the Lord: teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. This was an unexpected fleeting vision of the life of John the Baptist, a kind of farewell look since it will be the last we will see of him. In this last image, what do we see? We see John as a man of prayer. Will they say the same about you and me? All the great servants of God have been men of prayer. The sterile life of Christians and the lack of life of the church of our time are the result of the lack of prayer. This is our big problem.
In response to his request, the Lord presented an example. I do not think He intended it to become the official prayer that is so often heard in public meetings. It did not arise to become an elevated and official form for public cults, but to be a personal, spontaneous prayer, like that of a son who speaks with his father. God the Father knows me and I do not think he wants me to give importance, assume a voice that is not natural, and use a flowery language. I believe that He wants me to pray by myself. Nor do you want me to use a great abundance of words. To many of us it causes a certain fatigue to listen to a display of vocabulary, and I believe to God as well.
Let us examine, then, some of the elements of the sentence. The first part is of adoration: "Hallowed be thy name." The phrase "Thy Kingdom come" expresses the wish that the will of God be done on earth. It implies ending evil and establishing good. It means that you have the desire that the will of God is imposed on your life. It is useless to pronounce the words of this prayer if they do not have a real and personal meaning. This is a prayer for the believer, and not for the one who has not been saved. There is a specific prayer for the unbeliever, and it is as follows: "O God, have mercy on me that I am a sinner!" (Luke 18:13), and that may even be simpler. God is merciful and can extend his grace and mercy on you. You do not have to beg him to save you; it will save you if you come to Him.
A part of this prayer refers to the physical provision, in the phrase "Our daily bread, give it to us today". And then we are told to pray the following: "forgive us our sins, for we also forgive all those who owe us". I do not think I'm up to that standard. I hope you are. Do you forgive everyone? Well, God wants us to forgive others. The standard for us was established in Ephesians 4:32, and it says: Be kind and compassionate to one another, and forgive one another as God forgave you in Christ.
May God help us to be men and women of prayer. When we think of priorities within our churches, we think of more preachers, locals, missionaries, etc. The truth is that we need more people who know how to pray, reaching the very presence of God.
The following work was taken from the Bible school after the teacher
the biblical references are from Reina Valera 1960.