Nathan Pearl: Further, he says, "But pray not with vain repetition or do as the heathen do," and he says, "After this manner pray. Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not to temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever. Amen." Now, understanding Biblical divisions, we'll understand that this is prior to the kingdom of God. This is when Christ is offering the kingdom of heaven. But he says, "Pray like this," and then you can look at it and say, "Our Father, which art in heaven," that's a position.
So when I pray, I'll start with “Heavenly Father.” I want to remind God that I'm coming to him as his son. I'm coming to him boldly as his son. Because Christ said, "Our Father, which art in heaven," I'm going to the same thing.
“Heavenly Father, hallowed be thy name.” There's praise. When you pray, how often, when you start a prayer, do you say, “Heavenly Father, you're magnificent. Your name is above all names. You are righteous and holy, full of just judgment and truth.” You praise God. You just declare his attributes. That's what Christ did, and that's what we ought to do.
Now, I could write a book on it, but I don't need to. Christ already did that.
He says, "Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven." So we're going to pray now that the will of God will take place and we'll see later that the things that he’s praying for is for the church, for intercessing for the saints and for the lost people.
And then, at the end, “Give us this day our daily bread.” God, bless me. God, bless the work of my hands. God, give me food to eat.
“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us.” Once again we’re going to pray, “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory.” In prayer you should spend some time magnifying God, declaring God’s holiness, declaring the worthiness of God. And it’s not my words. It’s not my study. It’s the Word of God. It’s incredibly simple.