The Kingdom Prayer

The Lord Jesus taught many principles of prayer, like asking, seeking and knocking (Mat. 7:7); believing what is asked has been received (Mrk. 11:24); having a humble heart when coming to God (Luk. 18;14), etc. However, He only taught one prayer.

“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 the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

The prayer that the Lord Jesus taught is commonly called the Lord’s prayer. This prayer was taught when He preached about the kingdom of heaven (Mat. 6:9-13). This prayer was also taught when His disciples asked Him to teach them about prayer (Luk. 11:2-4).

Why is the Lord’s prayer the only prayer that the Lord Jesus taught? Because the Lord’s prayer is the kingdom prayer. What does it mean? The Lord Jesus came to this earth to bring the kingdom of heaven. The Lord’s prayer is the prayer that will give the experience of the kingdom of heaven in a real way.

One of the things the Lord Jesus taught about prayer is not to use vain repetitions like the heathen do. They think that their prayers will be heard by God for their many words (Mat. 6:7). The Lord’s prayer is a short prayer.  Nevertheless, it is a complete prayer. Everything that is needed to be prayed for to experience the kingdom of heaven is mentioned in it. The Lord’s prayer is a complete prayer because God, ourselves and the evil one are all mentioned in it. The divine order of prayer is also found in it. The prayer begins with worship and submission to God. Then, it is followed by a request about daily needs and forgiveness. Towards the end, it is about being watchful of temptation and the evil one. The prayer ends with giving glory to God. The Lord’s prayer is not the prayer from the human mind, but it is the prayer from the mind of God.

✨ Vietnamese brothers and sisters

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