This article considers the Lord's Prayer from two angles: what it means and teaches us, and why the Lord Jesus gave this teaching in the form he did.
What is prayer? Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to his will. How can we know things agreeable to his will? In the Lord's Prayer Jesus answer this question. We learn to seek reverent regard for God's name, steady advancement of his kingdom, and obedient respect for his will. And we also learn to pray for humble dependency, a broken and contrite heart, and personal holiness.
Ryken discusses the Lord’s Prayer as a “family” prayer—a prayer to be prayed as members of the people of God.
This article is based on the conviction that there is a link between Proverbs 30:7-9 and echoes of it in the Lord’s Prayer as recorded in Mattew 6:9-13. These echoes of Proverbs do not preclude Jesus’ use of traditional and current Jewish prayers in the Lord’s Prayer. Echoes noted include the prayer for daily bread and the hallowing of the Lord's Name.
This article is a Bible study on Matthew 6:9-13.