Our Father in Heaven
In just 68 English words, Jesus modeled for His disciples a well balanced way to pray. From relationship, to worship, to concern for God’s kingdom, to petition for daily needs, to forgiveness, to spiritual warfare, to glorious praise – Jesus modeled every kind of prayer. Note that seven times “us, we, our” are used in five short verses. There is power in agreement in the family of God.
Our Father in heaven.
2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. 3 And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. 6 Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. 8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” 9 Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: 11 “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” – Rev. 4:2-3, 6, 8-11
Thank Him that you can call Him Father because your relationship with Him was established when you received Jesus as your Savior and Lord. God is your Father. You are His beloved child.
Psalm 149:4; Psalm 103:13
Hallowed be your name.
4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, By His name Yah, And rejoice before Him. – Psalm 68:4
Adore your Father with praise for who He is. Meditate on His names. Worship Him as your Lord, your Holy Spirit, your Holiness, your Righteousness, your Peace, your Healer, your Provider, your Victory, your Shepherd, and much more. Thank Him for meeting your needs.
Psalm 138:2; Psalm 145:5-6; Proverbs 18:10
Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” – Matthew 16:19
Ask Him His will in prayer. Pray how He tells you, in submission to His heart and His purposes. Ask the Lord to rule in your life, your family, church, school, nation, and the world.
Psalm 66:20; Jude 20; 1 John 5:19-20
Give us this day our daily bread.
25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. – Matthew 6:25, 32b-34
Ask God to meet all your physical, material, personal, and immediate needs this day. Ask Him to provide today’s needs for others.
Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who have trespassed against us.
14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. – Matthew 6:14-15
Present to God a humble heart. Confess your sins to God and ask His forgiveness. Ask Him to forgive those who have sinned against you and be sure that you have forgiven them.
Psalm 69:5-6; Matthew 7:1-2
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints – Ephesians 6:10-11,14-18b
Acknowledge the weakness of your flesh and your need to depend on God as you stand firm in spiritual warfare. Dress yourself in the spiritual armor from the head down. “I take the helmet of salvation. Jesus, by Your death on the cross You are my Savior, Redeemer, and Deliverer. Thank You that I have the mind of Christ. I put on the breastplate of righteousness. Jesus, search my heart. I choose to turn form all sin. Your blood cleanses me and makes me right with God. I put on the belt of truth. I will hold to Your word, which is my truth. I will not believe the enemy’s lies. I put on the sandals of peace. Jesus, I am not ashamed of the gospel of peace. I have pursued peace and forgiven everybody, and I choose today to be at peace with everyone I encounter. I take up the shield of faith. Jesus, You are all the faith I need for victory. The fiery darts of the wicked one are extinguished. I take up the sword of the Spirit. Jesus, You are the Word of God who lives in me. Fill my heart and my mouth today with Your Word, my offensive weapon against the enemy. In Your name, I pray a hedge of protection around my family and me by Your blood and the power of the holy Spirit. I love and trust You entirely. Fill me with Your Spirit.”
Psalm 140:7; Isaiah 51:6; 2 Cor. 10:5; Colossians 3:2; Isaiah 59:15b-17; Proverbs 8:20; Psalm 51:6; John 8:31-32; John 14:6; 2 Timothy 2:15; Psalm 18:33; Psalm 66:8-9; Isaiah 26:3; James 4:7-8; Hebrews 11:1; Hebrews 11:6; Proverbs 30:5; Psalm 149:6; Hebrews 4:12; John 1:1-4; John 1:14
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
39 Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that the Lord Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other. 40 You shall therefore keep His statutes and His commandments which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which the Lord your God is giving you for all time.”– Deuteronomy 4:39-40
Worship Him and commit these prayers to His sovereignty. Praise Him that He reigns as Lord of all. Praise Him for His awesome, abundant power on your behalf. Praise Him that glory will be reflected through your life today as a bold witness for Jesus. Amen
Exodus 3:14-15; Exodus 15:11; Exodus 15:13; Exodus 20:5-7; Exodus 34:14