by John and Ruth Greene
Disciples have a pattern of prayer outlined by Yahshua [Jesus]. The prayer He recites isn’t one of repetition. In fact, the context of His words indicates that He was discussing the vain prayers of the Jews, bound in repetition and often, in lengthy ritual. Some Jews loved to pray openly, in places like street corners. Prayer is not designed for show, but for speaking directly to Elohim [‘God’, YHWH], often in private. The grounding of prayer is with a sincere heart, contrite toward your Heavenly Father. (Psalms 34:18, 84:11; “Leaven of the Pharisees; Leaven of the World“; “Break Down Walls of Darkness with Prayer“; “Prayer: The Bottom Line“)
Below is a more accurate translation of this prayer:
“This, then, is the way you should pray:
‘Our Father who is in the heavens,
let Your Name be set-apart,
let Your reign come,
let Your desire be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into trial,
but deliver us from the wicked one –
because Yours is the reign and the power
and the esteem, forever.’”– Matthew 6:9-13, ISR98
When you pray, praise your Father, (Psalms 21:13; 48:1; 56:10) pray for the spreading of His Kingdom news, pray for His Kingdom to come on earth soon in Messiah’s Return, pray for your daily needs and for assistance with daily struggles and concerns, both physical and spiritual. (Psalms 46:1; 57:7; John 15:16; “Video – Adoration, Praise YHWH For What He Has Done“; “Praise Through Times of Trouble“)
Scripture reminds seekers of Bible truth that they are not merely children, but heirs to YHWH’s Kingdom that are completed in Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah. (John 1:12; Titus 3:7; 1 John 5:11, 20; Romans 8:14; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:19) He seeks personal deliverance for all that are willing to listen so that disciples can honor His name. His beloved seek to honor His name in love with respect, as well as through honoring His purpose. (1 Corinthians 12:7-12; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7-9) Disciples don’t take YHWH’s name lightly, but are not afraid to use it either. So many simply refer to Him as ‘God,’ ‘Father,’ or ‘Lord.’ They abstain from using His name out of fear. Nobody knows for certain how His name is pronounced because of the construction the Hebrew written text. In English, YHWH (Exodus 6:3; 20:7; Psalms 7:17; 117:1-2; 1 Corinthians 8:5-6), is Yahweh or Jehovah in its ‘Latinized’ form. Whether there is perfect agreement or not regarding the exact details, mainly because of cloudy superstition of the past, it is important to be clear about who He is. Satan has worked through man to cloud the issue. YHWH is the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, (Amos 4:13; Isaiah 6:3; 44:6) often referred to in scripture as Elohim of Hosts. He is the Elohim (Genesis 1:1) of the Bible, not to be confused with anyone else. To those that love Him, He is “Daddy,” “Abba.” (“Who Is Your Source?“; “Heavenly Father Has A Name“)
“…for if you live according to flesh, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the practices of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of YAHWEH, these are sons of YAHWEH. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery again to fear, but you received a Spirit of sonship by which we cry, Abba! Father! The Spirit itself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of YAHWEH. And if children, also heirs; truly heirs of YAHWEH, and joint heirs of Messiah, if indeed we suffer together, that we may also be exalted together.” – Romans 8:13-17, HRB
Disciples of Messiah are to pray for YHWH’s Kingdom to come, here on earth as it is in heaven. While mature believers exhibit both the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit [Dedicated, Set Apart Spirit], this is hardly Elohim’s Kingdom in a world full of strife. Elohim’s Kingdom will be brought to full realization at Messiah’s Second Coming, bringing His Kingdom to earth at that time. In essence, disciples of Messiah want to get on with matters so that this dark kingdom is not prolonged any longer than necessary. (“Wisdom & the Battle of Two Kingdoms“)
Disciples pray that YHWH’s Will be done. Part of Elohim’s Will is that you seek Bible truth. (John 8:32; 2 Timothy 3:16) The other is the commission that every disciple has, to spread the Kingdom news to others around you, to actively make disciples. (Matthew 28:18-20; “Disciples: Focused on the Messiah & His Purpose“)
This attitude is not one of resignation, but seeking after the completion of YHWH’s purpose, in your life and the lives of others. When you pray for “daily bread,” you acknowledge fully that YHWH is your provider and sustainer. Most of us think that we provide for our own needs. Instead, YHWH’s faithful must trust YHWH daily to provide what He knows that is really needed. (“Life of Disciples & Attitude“; “Forsaking Bitterness“)
As disciples, we petition Elohim to forgive us of debt in the same way that we forgive others. We sin, making missteps every day. We must forgive others that do the same, even when those sins are against us. We request that YHWH rescue us from trial and temptation, as He delivers us from Satan and the dark kingdom. Trial is direct and obvious. Temptation refers to slick and silent undermining of what you believe (1 Corinthians 10:13) and your trust in YHWH. How does the disciple of Messiah do this? We defeat Satan’s tactics through discernment through the power of the Holy Spirit, Bible knowledge and prayer. (John 3:16; 6:27, 47-51; 10:27-29; 1 Peter 1:5; 2 Peter 2:9; 1 John 5:4; “Is Your Forgiveness Real?“; “Destruction Is Satan’s Intent“; “Overcoming Satanic Attack“)
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
What is so special about this model prayer? (Luke 11:2-4) It shows complete reliance on YHWH. This model prayer is a pattern of humility and full dependence! Yahshua [Jesus] reinforced this outline in His prayer at Gethsemane. (John 17)
Yahshua [Jesus] emphasizes the need to forgive others in verses 14 and 15 to emphasize what He voiced in prayer. When you or I refuse to forgive others, Elohim will refuse to forgive. Your personal failure to forgive others results in your judgment of others, and then your judgment from Elohim.
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” – Matthew 7:1-2, NKJV
It may be not be easy to forgive, but you can’t expect YHWH to forgive when you won’t act in kind. (Ephesians 4:32) Instead, a disciple must examine self. Have you forgiven the people that have wronged you?
“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” – James 5:16, NKJV
What should you remember about prayer? (Luke 11) Praise and appreciation is always considered first, which puts you in the right frame of mind.
“The steps of a good man are established from YAHWEH; and He will delight in his way. Though he falls, he is not cast down; for YAHWEH upholds his hand.” – Psalms 37:23-24, HRB
Remember that Elohim’s provision is daily. You don’t store that provision, you live that provision with persistence. You need the Source of YHWH’s living water in your life every day to maintain your strength. (Psalms 1:3; 23:2-3; Isaiah 44:3-4; John 4:10-14; 11:25-26; Philippians 4:19; “YHWH’s Provision“; “Sleepless Nights: Trust for Provision“)
“He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.” – Isaiah 40:29, NKJV
“The Spirit of the Master YHWH is upon Me, because YHWH has anointed Me to bring good news to the meek. He has sent Me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim release to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound” – Isaiah 61:1, ISR98
“Come to Me, all those laboring and being burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28, HRB
You need the cornerstone of forgiveness to complete your prayers and to strengthen your trust. Prayer helps you to develop the spiritual discernment that you need. (Proverbs 2:1-15; 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22; 1 Corinthians 12:10; 14:29; Ephesians 4:14; 5:1-2; 1 John 4:1-6) The righteous discernment of your mind and heart, coupled with the power of the Holy Spirit helps you to line your life up with scripture and you to put down the fear of the world, the dark kingdom that seeks to fill your life. (Joel 2:28; Matthew 3:11; Luke 11:13; John 7:38-39; 14:16-17; Acts 2:38; Romans 5:5; 8:15; 1 Corinthians 3:15-16; 6:19; “Discernment: Having an Ear to Deeper Understanding“)
When you know about the Holy Spirit and what He does for you, you are not ashamed of Him, but work in harmony with Him as you lead the way with what Elohim has revealed to you through scripture. (Galatians 4:6; Acts 1:8, 18; 2:17-18; Romans 8:2, 26-27) You are willing to joyfully act as an instrument of absolute trust, alive from the spiritual death under the loving-kindness of YHWH! (Psalms 4:8; 73:26; 90:1; Proverbs 12:28; Nehemiah 1:7; “Listening to the Holy Spirit“; “Holy Spirit 101“; “Bible: Wisdom 101“)
“Then do not let sin reign in your mortal body, to obey it in its lusts. Neither present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to YAHWEH as one living from the dead, and your members instruments of righteousness to YAHWEH. For your sin shall not Master it over you, for you are not under the penalty of Law breaking, but under grace.” – Romans 6:12-14, HRB
“Every weapon formed against you shall not prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment, you shall condemn. This is the inheritance of the servants of YAHWEH, and their righteousness is from Me, says YAHWEH.” – Isaiah 54:17, HRB
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” – John 14:27, NKJV