Jesus’ prayers should be the model for our own prayers. By studying and praying the Lord’s prayers we come into a deeper understanding of what is on our Heavenly Father’s heart. The Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6, and Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer in John 17, are both rich prayers, very useful in guiding us in our own prayers.
- Read both of the prayers (written below) a couple of times.
- Then, read each sentence carefully and prayerfully and put the prayers into your own words. For example, the verse “Let Your kingdom come…” from the Lord’s prayer, could be formulated in your own words something like: Father, let Your kingdom come in my heart. I want to seek the kingdom of God above all else. May Your kingdom come in fullness in our congregation, in the church and in our country. May our spiritual leaders understand more clearly what it means to be kingdom-minded in their preaching, living and planning. Father, may Your kingdom come among the unsaved and unreached, among the people in my street (or security complex, etc.) and the unreached groups of people in the world. May Your kingdom come among the poor and the destitute. Help us to reach out to those in need in practical ways to bring Your kingdom of peace, deliverance, healing and hope to them so that they will experience it personally and become part of Your kingdom also. Amen.
- Pray these prayers to change your own heart, but pray them also for the church, the community and the world.
- If possible, read a good Bible commentary on these prayers to bring you into a deeper understanding of them.
- Try to read these prayers in more than one Bible translation, such as the ESV, AMP, etc.
The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)
v9. In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.
v10. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
v11. Give us this day our daily bread.
v12. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
v13. 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 High Priestly Prayer of Jesus (John 17:1-26)
v1. Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You,
v2. as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.
v3. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
v4. I have glorified You on earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.
v5. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
v6. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.
v7. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You.
v8. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.
v9. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.
v10. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.
v11. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.
v12. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept, and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
v13. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.
v14. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
v15. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.
v16. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
v17. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
v18. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.
v19. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.
v20. I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;
v21. that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.
v22. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:
v23. I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
v24. Father, I desire that they whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
v25. O Righteous Father! The world has not known You; and these have known that You sent Me.
v26. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.