The Complete Pattern for Prayer

By Clint W. Kerns, ThD, February 17, 2023

The Person - Our Father which art in Heaven

Remember, this is a pattern, an outline, this is not a religious ritual or a prayer to receite. We are talking to an actual person… God our Father

Praise - Hallowed by thy name

Psalm 100:4

3 ways to Hallow his name:

Rehearsing his Names:

  • The Lord our Provider (Jehovah Jireh) Genesis 22:14

  • The Lord our Healer (Jehovah Rophe) Exodus 15:26

  • The Lord our Banner (Jehovah Nissi) Exodus 17:15

  • The Lord who Sanctifies us (Jehovah M'Kaddesh) Leviticus 20:7-8

  • The Lord our Peace (Jehovah Shalom) Judges 6:24

  • The Lord our Shepherd (Jehovah Rohi) Psalm 23:1

  • The Lord our Righteousness (Jehovah Tsidkenu) Jeremiah 23:6

  • The Lord our Presence - He is Here (Jehovah Shammah) Ezekiel 48:35

Respecting His Greatness: His Attributes

  • Eternal Psalm 90:2
  • Unchanging Malachi 3:6
  • Holy Psalm 99:3
  • Love I John 4:8
  • All-powerful Revelation 19:6
  • All-Knowing Acts 15:18
  • Ever-present Psalm 139:7-11
  • Righteous Psalm 11:7
  • Sovereign Ephesians 1:11
  • True John 17:3
  • Faithful Lamentations 3:23
  • Good Matthew 19:17
  • Kind Psalm 31:21
  • Longsuffering Psalm 86:15

Recognizing His Presence

Psalm 16:8

Priorities -Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven

Matthew 6:33

Remember your priorities:

  • You are a Person - your first priority is your relationship with God
  • You are a Partner - your second priority is your relationship with your companion
  • You are a Parent - your third priority is your relationship with your children
  • You are a Participant - you have a responsibility to your Church
  • You are a Provider - you have a responsibility to your career
  • Keep your priorities in line.

Provision - Give us this day our Daily Bread

Luke 11:9

Depend on God for your needs

Psalm 104:27 James 1:17

Distinguish between needs and wants

I Timothy 6:8
  • Something to put on - clothes
  • Something to put in - food
  • Something to put over - shelter

Discipline Yourself not to worry

Give us this day our daily bread - day to day, not week to week, month to month, year to year, but day to day

Defer to the Needs of others

Give US… not ME; Give us OUR… not MY

Personal Relationships - Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors

Matthew 6:14-15

  • Forgive BECAUSE we are Forgiven Matthew 18:21-35
  • Forgive just AS we are Forgiven Ephesians 4:32
  • Forgive in order that we MIGHT be forgiven Psalm 66:18
  • Forgive BEFORE we need to be Forgiven

Protection - Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil

  • Deliverance from Persecution Psalm 7:1-2
  • Deliverance from Peril Psalm 35:17
  • Deliverance from Personal Adversaries Psalm 25:19-21
  • Deliverance from Poverty Psalm 33:18-19
  • Deliverance from the Power of Fear Psalm 34:4
  • Deliverance from the Power of Evil Psalm 40:11-14

End just like we started - with Praise - For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever. Amen.

  • Praise God for his Sovereignty - thine is the kingdom

He is the King of Glory - Psalm 24:7 He is the King of the Jews - Matthew 2:2 He is the King of Israel - John 1:49 He is the King Eternal - I Timothy 1:17 He is the ruler over ALL the kings of the earth - Revelation 1:5 He is the King of the Saints - Revelation 15:3 He is the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS Revelation 19:16

  • Praise God for his Authority - and the power
  • Praise God for his Majesty - and the glory
  • Praise God for your Eternality - for ever