Jesus is a great teacher. He’s much more than that but never less than that. During his public ministry, He spoke with power and illustrated His points with stories and imagery. But Jesus also passed another test that any teacher must pass–He led by example. Throughout the gospels, we find Jesus praying exactly as He teaches His disciples to in Matthew 6–with authenticity, humility, and faith. In fact, even here in Matthew 6, He makes it clear how His disciples should pray, saying, “Pray then like this…”
Jesus doesn’t just tell us how to live and how to pray. He shows us. And His goal isn’t just that we would recite His words on a daily basis (although that’s not a bad idea). The goal is that our prayers would also give God the glory and praise He deserves by seeking His will and depending upon His provision. Pray then like this:
Our Father in heaven,Matthew 6:9-13, ESV
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 lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.