Matthew 6:9 “This, then, is how you should pray…”
Monday, August 4, 2014
Dwayne Moore on the Model Prayer of Jesus: Part 1, Vertical
This week the blog takes a slightly different direction while we, as a church, experience a kind of modern-day Feast of Tabernacles. We load up cars with tents and paraphernalia and then, with several thousand others, descend on the Bath and West Showground at Shepton Mallet, Somerset, for New Wine.
However I have just discovered an insightful article on The Model Prayer of Jesus which connects with recent themes on this blog. So this In five parts) is someone else’s take on a subject which I have addressed at various points.
Let me introduce Dwayne Moore and The Model Prayer
Dwayne Moore is Pastor of Worship and Creative Arts at Valley View Church, Louisville, KY and founder of Next Level Worship. Dwayne has taught and led worship for more than 35 years in over 1000 churches and conferences, has written an acclaimed training course book, Pure Praise, and regularly contributes to Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox.
Out of this breadth of experience and opportunity to develop his own Biblical theology, let’s allow Wayne to help us understand and apply this teaching of Jesus.
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The Model Prayer that Jesus taught His disciples in Matthew 6 can be divided into three distinct parts. As we build a daily habit of praying “in this manner,” our prayer lives can significantly deepen and our perspective of things can radically improve.
Part 1: Vertical—Start with praise and surrender.
When we pray, we should always begin with a vertical focus on “our Father in heaven.” Never start with yourself. God is the only one worthy of our attention when we pray. We should begin with praise to our God, just as Jesus did when He said “Hallowed be Your name.” We should speak directly to the Lord, telling Him how awesome and holy and worthy He is. Take as much time as needed for your mind and heart to catch up with your words. Let the truth of His greatness sink into your soul.
Heart-felt praise should naturally lead us then to surrender our will to Him. Like Jesus, we should humbly submit to His will being done “on earth, as it is in heaven.” It’s not about our will being done. Our Father is not some magic genie granting us our every wish and whim. Before we dare ask for anything or expect anything of Him, we must first willingly submit to His will above our own.