The first half of that prayer is petitioning the Lord for answers related to Him. We are to pray regarding God’s name, God’s kingdom, and God’s will. First, we pray about God’s name because it is our desire for it to be sanctified in us, through us, in the church, and in the world. The natural tendency of the world is to dishonor the name of the Lord. Our prayer is for the Lord to change hearts so they will praise and worship Him.
Second, we are to pray for the coming of the kingdom of God.
The kingdom comes though the salvation of the lost as they are the people of His kingdom. But the kingdom will also come when Christ returns. We pray for this coming day as we seek for every spiritual aspect of His kingdom to be established in the days in which we live.
Third, we pray for God’s will to be accomplished on earth as it is in heaven.
Heaven is a place where God’s will is accomplished at all times. Here in this world, God’s written Word is rejected and scorned by sinners today. We pray for spiritual transformations so that many will hear and obey the will of God. Our desire is for His will at all times.
And then, after we have petitioned God for His prayer requests, we are encouraged to pray for our needs.
- First our present needs. “Give us this day our daily bread.” We need physical provision and protection in order to live. All our needs are fulfilled only by the Lord.
- Second, we pray about our past needs. “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” Our past sins have been forever forgiven. We acknowledge this when we forgive those who sin against us. God’s forgives us for our past sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Finally, we are to pray about our future needs.
“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”. Our future pathway is in the Lord’s hands. We plead with him to lead us away from temptation and to deliver us from the evil one and all evil. So, make your prayers begin and end with God – addressing His “needs” as well as our own.