“Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is 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 also have forgiven 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 forever. Amen.’
The Lord’s Prayer is probably the most known prayer in the world. It does however indicate something I have always thought which is that this prayer is more about the process of prayer rather than making prayer an event. Once we have accepted that the two attitudes we must take to prayer are humility and purpose, the next thing we need to recognize is this notion that prayer is not an event but a process of change.
In other places Jesus gives this teaching on prayer at different times. In one case (Luke 11) it is given after the disciples observe Jesus praying and want further instruction. Jesus’ prayer that he teaches is neither complicated or difficult to say. It is powerful in what it attempts to change. It seeks to recognize authority, worship, bring about God’s will, provide basic provision, instill forgiveness, provide protection and give everything back to God. These things are not events they are desires that encompass all of life.
You cannot put any of the contents of the Lord’s prayer in an hour block of time . They become about lifestyle of praying without ceasing. You worship at all times, you recognize the authority of the Father always, you seek God’s kingdom and will at every decision, you look to God for your provision at every turn, you forgive and ask for forgiveness every time it is needed, you ask for guidance through the minefield of life at all times and you give honor, glory and power back to God every time it is given to you. This is not event style prayer but lifestyle prayer.
The choice is clear. One the one hand, prayer can be a part of your life or on the other hand, it can be your life. The choice is yours.