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“In this way therefore,” said the Lord Jesus, “you [My disciples] should pray: ‘Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your name! Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven! Give us this day our daily bread! And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors! And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil! For Yours is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory! For ever! Amen!’ ” (Matthew 6:9-13).
The Lord’s Prayer (the prayer our Lord did not Himself pray but gave His disciples to pray), is a good general model. This does not mean it is always to be prayed – word for word. This is how, in this kind of way, but not exactly – prayer is to be made.
This kind of prayer is very good. Yet note the differences in the Lord’s Prayer according to Matthew 6 and Luke 11, perhaps prayed on two different occasions.
Matthew has: “May Your will be done in Earth, as it is in Heaven!” Luke has: “Your will be done, as in Heaven, so on Earth!” Matthew has: “Give us this day our daily bread!” Luke has: “Give us day by day our daily bread!” Matthew has: “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors!” Luke has: “And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us!” Matthew has: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil!” Luke here has the same. Finally, Matthew alone has the ending: “For Yours is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen!”
The equivalent of this prayer, before the Fall and as will be on the New Earth yet to come, has no petitions for debts or sins or deliverance! Yet the Lord’s Prayer is concerned totally with God’s glory. Hallowed be Your name! Your Kingdom come! Your will be done! Your! Your! Your!
The Lord’s Prayer has a threefold structure – preface; petitions; and conclusion. All this reflects the Trinity – the Father is appealed to; the Son gave the Prayer; and it is to be prayed in the power of the Holy Spirit.