You’ve probably memorized the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). We recite it but keep it in the category that it was what Jesus prayed. We may not move it into our own reality/life. Why? I believe it’s because we don’t see the focus Jesus was presenting on how we should not only pray but live our lives.
Let’s look at the entire Lord’s Prayer so we have a starting point. This is Matthew 6:9-13, NASB:
“9Our Father who is in Heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
10Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
11Give us this day our daily bread.
12And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
Jesus told the people and His disciples that men ought always to pray (Luke 18:1). When we enter into the Lord’s Prayer, we’re changing our focus, our life reality and entering the realm of the possible, the miraculous, the joy of being in His presence. We come into His presence with joy, thanksgiving, praise, and awe of His goodness and love (Psalm 100:2). You see immediately in this verse that the focus is not on us but on God. It is only possible to see the kingdom of God through Jesus because He resides IN us. If we don’t pray from our position in Him, we’re not in total agreement with Him.
Let’s focus on who our God is, who Jesus is and what He has done for us. Let’s honor His name, reverence Him, and praise and thank Him for providing us eternal life and all of God’s blessings. The more we focus our attention on Jesus, the more we’ll recognize Him working in our life each day. You’ll recognize more openings, more opportunities, more peace and joy because your focus is on Him. That’s bringing Jesus into your everyday reality, and it’s a good way to start your day.