Studying the lessons and spiritual encouragements in the most famous of all prayers
This volume is almost a manual on prayer, providing a real spur to the devotional life. The Lord’s own plan and agenda for prayer – carefully amplified – takes us into the presence of the Father, to prove the privileges and power of God’s promises to those who pray.
Chapters cover each petition of the Lord’s Prayer. Here, too, are sections on remedies for problems in prayer, how to intercede for others, the reasons why God keeps us waiting for answers, and the nature of the prayer of faith.
If we want to know about priorities in prayer, the teaching of Christ may surprise us. It is a striking fact that out of seven petitions in the Lord’s Prayer, only one refers directly to physical matters – ‘Give us this day our daily bread.’ We learn from this that we are to give more attention to spiritual matters, such as the cause of Christ and personal spiritual advance, than to bodily needs. Nevertheless, we are to appreciate that our bodily needs are supplied by God, and we are to bring them before Him.
Table of Contents
The Lord’s Pattern for Prayer
1. Proof for a Pattern Prayer
A Lesson From Christ: ‘After this manner therefore pray ye..’
2. Preparing the Heart for Prayer
The Way to Address God: ‘Our Father’
3. How Great is Your God?
The Way to Address God: ‘Which art in heaven’
4. How Shall I Praise the Eternal God?
The First Petition: ‘Hallowed be thy name’
5. Seeing the Difference Between Earth and Heaven
The Second Petition: ‘Thy kingdom come’
6. Affirmation and Submission
The Third Petition: ‘Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven’
7. Daily Needs of Body and Soul
The Fourth Petition: ‘Give us this day our daily bread’
8. The Way and the Terms of Repentance
The Fifth Petition: ‘And forgive us our debts’
9. Preparing for the Battle
The Sixth Petition: ‘And lead us not into temptation’
10. In the Thick of the Battle
The Seventh Petition: ‘But deliver us from evil’
11. He Must Have the Glory
The Doxology: ‘For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen’
12. What is the Prayer of Faith?
13. Do You Have a Ministry of Intercession?
14. Long-Term Praying
15. Remedies for Problems in Prayer