The Lord’s prayer can be used word for word as a formal prayer but it is likely that Jesus intended it as a bullet point framework for conversation with God. Here it is:
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. (Matt. 6:9-13)
• Prayer beings by focusing on God. He relates to us as the very best Father; in heaven but not aloof. He knows us better than our best friend and wants us to talk to Him without pretense. He is Father of all believers; although He loves us as individuals, the relationship between Him and all His people is super special.
• Hallowed means holy. God is holy, far superior to everything else in creation. God’s “name” represents the sum of His being. Hallowing His name means treating Him with that honor. We are to pray that others will treat Him the same way.
• God is a king, ruling a kingdom where everything is done exactly as He desires—that is the very best for all people. Not everyone has accepted His rule, so we are to pray that they will.
• Our “daily bread” includes everything we require for our present life. God cares about the tiny details, the everyday essentials (like money, food, clothing, shelter, transport), as well as our bigger needs (guidance for career, marriage and a life purpose). He loves it when we trust Him and feel close enough to Him to ask.
• Everyone needs forgiveness because we all fail God and each other. The word “debts” includes all our failures and sins. A few verses later, Jesus promises that when we forgive others who “owe us,” it frees us to receive God’s forgiveness.
• Temptation never comes from God; it comes from Satan, who sees where we are vulnerable and lures us in that area. We are to pray for protection from the temptations of the “evil one.”