On a certain occasion during his earthly ministry, the disciples of Jesus Christ asked him to teach them how to pray, “as John also taught his disciples”. Being the perfect teacher that he is, our Lord and Master Jesus Christ immediately taught them a unique and concise way of making solemn requests to God that has since then become the model for all Christians. Because the Lord's Prayer is all-embracing, it is sometimes referred to as “The All-Sufficient Prayer”. It is recorded in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:1-4. We shall examine the significance of various points in the prayer over the next few days.
“Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” - John 20:17
The first line in the prayer is “Our Father which art in heaven”. Spiritually, the word “father” means “life-giver”. God Almighty is the Creator of all living things whether in heaven or in earth. He is the Father of Jesus Christ, and that is why Christ said he received life from the Father. (John 5:26) In the words of Apostle Paul in his famous speech on Mars Hill in Athens, it is “in him we live, and move, and have our being… For we are also his offspring”. - Acts 17:28 The Bible shows that God Almighty loves us and will always provide for our needs. A deep and sincere appreciation of His love for us and of our total dependence on Him are vital to His answering our petitions. Jesus Christ stated: “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7:11) Our confession of God Almighty as our Father sets the tone for subsequent petitions contained in the prayer.