The Master's Prayer, The Lord's Prayer

Yahshua’s Prayer As Model Prayer

It appears that many still do not know that of Yahshua’s prayer as model prayer mentioned in Scripture. As Christian ask yourself this vital question: “How do I properly pray to the Elohim in heaven?” Even the twelve original disciples of the Savior of mankind Yahshua asked Him this question. They all asked Yahshua the Messiah, “Master, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). In response, Yahshua gave what could be called a model prayer—the so-called “Master’s prayer” (Luke 11:1-4; Matthew 6:9-13). Today, we are going to share with you a clear and plain truth based on Bible about the only type or kind of prayer that surely gets answered by the Almighty Father in heaven, Yahweh. May you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear this true and faithful message. As always, we ask the power of the Holy Spirit of Yahweh for holy wisdom in sharing with you this very important biblical teaching for all of us to follow when we pray to the true and living Elohim in heaven.

Contrary to popular opinion, the “Master’s prayer” is not to be repeatedly recited; rather, it was given by Yahshua the Messiah as a teaching outline of what one should cover when praying to Yahweh, the Almighty Father in heaven. Indeed, each phrase of Yahshua’s “model prayer” is instructive. Notice that the apostle John follows the outline Yahshua gave in His “model prayer.” The entire Bible chapter (John 17) is the prayer Yahshua prayed just before His arrest. If you will follow this model as a biblical guideline, your prayers will be answered. Always remember, “The sacrifice (or prayer) of the wicked is an abomination to Yahweh, but the prayer of the upright is His delight…Yahweh is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous” (Proverbs 15:8, 29). On the night He was arrested, Yahshua instructed the disciples to pray directly to Father Yahweh—not to Yahshua Himself, or to that of the “Virgin Mary,” or to any other supposed “saintly intermediary.” Notice what the Savior Yahshua said: “And in that day you shall ask Me nothing. Truly, truly I tell you, whatever you shall ask the Father in My name, He will give you. Until this day, you have asked nothing in My name. Ask and you shall receive, that your joy may be full…In that day, you shall ask in My name; and I do not tell you that I will beseech the Father for you, for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from Elohim” (John 16:23-24, 26-27).

Our Father Who is in heaven. We are to pray to Yahweh, addressing Him as our loving Father. We are to acknowledge His supremacy over all the universe, and express thankfulness for His calling us into a personal relationship with Him and His Son Yahshua the Messiah. It is important that we approach Yahweh just as a child would approach his or her human father—with respect and admiration, eager to share our lives with Him, looking to Him as one Who looks after our every need.

Hallowed be Your name. We are to honor Yahweh for His greatness, asking that His name be made “hallowed” or holy in all the earth. Ultimately, when the Kingdom of Yahweh is fully established over the earth by Yahshua, the Father’s name will be made holy in the minds and hearts of all mankind. It should be our innermost desire that all come to revere the holy name of Yahweh.

Your kingdom come. We are to seek first the Kingdom of Elohim (Matthew 6:33). Accordingly, we are to pray that Yahweh will soon establish His kingdom through Yahshua’s return to this earth. As we “sigh and cry” for the abominations of this world (Ezekiel 9:4), we are to extol the greatness of that coming Kingdom, talking with Yahweh in detail about how wonderful the age to come will be—contrasting it with the sorrows of this present age. This is a key element of our prayer life, as it reinforces our desire and longing for Yahweh’s Kingdom while emphasizing the need for us to prepare personally for that kingdom.

Your will be done, as in heaven, so also upon the earth. Just as Yahweh’s will is always done in heaven, we must seek for His will to be accomplished here on earth. Ultimately, this will be done through the establishment of His kingdom in future here on earth . Meanwhile, we must seek His will for our lives—asking Him to help us to understand what he wants for us and our loved ones. Our focus must not be on what we want, but on what Yahweh truly wants to accomplish in our lives as well as in the Church. We pray “Your will be done” knowing that Yahweh always has our best interest at heart (1 Peter 5:6-7). Importantly, as we pray for Yahweh’s will to be accomplished, we must be ready and willing to surrender to His will in every area of our lives—repenting of any sin that stands contrary to His will.

Give us our bread as needed day by day. As our loving Father, Yahweh wants us to look to Him for our physical and spiritual needs. He promises to care for us in every way (Matthew 6:25-34); but, to keep us from taking Him for granted, we still need to ask (Matthew 7:7-11). It is not wrong or selfish to discuss our needs with Him. As long as we are asking according to His will, we may continue to patiently bring our needs before Yahweh (Luke 18:1-8). Above all, do not neglect to ask for daily strength and guidance—our spiritual bread. Also, ask that Elohim will look after the needs of others.

And forgive us our sins, as we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. We must acknowledge that we still fall short and sin. Ask for Yahweh’s forgiveness, confessing your specific sins. Thank Yahweh for Yahshua’s supreme sacrifice, acknowledging that it is through His shed blood that we have forgiveness and reconciliation. Ask Yahweh to strengthen you in these particular areas, so you will not stumble and sin again. Also, ask Yahweh to show you the areas of your life where you may be unknowingly sinning. Following King David in Bible as example, use Psalm 51 as a guide in going before Yahweh in repentance of your sins. A key aspect of asking for forgiveness is that we must forgive others of any and all offenses against us. Yahweh will not forgive us if we hold on to grudges or harbor anger against others. Ask Yahweh to help you to be forgiving.

And lead us not into trial and testing, but rescue us from the Evil one. Yahweh does not tempt us with sin; we are tempted and led astray primarily by our own selfish desires (James 1:13-14). The point here is to pray that we will not need to be corrected through sore trials—and to ask Yahweh for guidance and strength in spiritually fighting against our enemy, Satan the devil (1 Peter 5:8). Be specific in your prayers about the battles you face as you struggle to overcome your own nature, the world and Satan.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen. Just as you begin by praising Yahweh for His greatness and glory, end your prayer by extolling His greatness, power and glory. With thanksgiving, be mindful again of His coming kingdom, His perfect will, and His awesome love for us. We are to conclude our prayers by asking of the Father (Yahweh) in Yahshua’s name as instructed in Bible through the apostle John (John 14:13-14). Indeed, it is through Yahshua the Messiah that we are able to pray to the Father. Finally, the word “Amen” simply means “so be it.”

In closing, Yahshua’s prayer as model prayer serves as a biblical guideline  of a perfect prayer we all need to follow! And finally, what kind of person will get Yahweh’s attention? The truth is, it has everything to do with your heart and mindset! Notice! Yahweh said, “But to this one I will look, to him who is of a poor and contrite spirit and who trembles at My Word (Isaiah 66:2). Remember also that “the eyes of Yahweh are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their supplications” (1 Peter 3:12). It is very important you know Yahweh will not hear your prayers if you are living in sin! Notice! Yahweh said, “Behold, Yahweh’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save, nor is His ear heavy that it cannot hear. But your iniquities (sins) have come between you and your Elohim, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear” (Isaiah 59:1-2). It is also important when you pray, believe that Yahweh hears and that He will respond. Notice! “But let him ask in faith, not doubting at all because the one who doubts is like the wave of the sea that is driven by the wind and tossed to and fro. Do not let that man expect that he will receive anything from Yahweh” (James 1:6-7). Again, Yahweh has plain and clear conditions for answering peoples’ prayer. Notice! “And whatever we may ask, we receive from Him because we keep His commandments and practice those things that are pleasing in His sight” (1 John 3:22). Never feel that Yahweh listens to some prayers while ignoring others. The apostle Peter said, “Of a truth I perceive that Elohim is not a respecter of persons. But in every nation the one who fears Him and works righteousness is acceptable to Him” (Acts 10:34-35). And last but not least, don’t let prayer become a long list of what you want from Almighty Father Yahweh. Rather, spend considerable time praying for the needs of others (even your enemies). Also, don’t “make time for prayer”—that’s not really putting Yahweh first. Rather, build your day around your relationship with the Father, scheduling prayer first. Daily prayer will become a fixed habit over time—so stick with it. We hope you’re blessed by this true and faithful teaching. May Yahweh enlighten your hearts and minds forever to prayer and to worship Him in spirit and in truth. We pray these to the Father through our coming Savior and King Yahshua, Amen. Halleluyah, Shalom!