Praying Through the Lord's Prayer


Jennifer Kennedy Dean provides a guide to praying through the Lord's Prayer.

Begin to pray through the Lord’s Prayer, letting each phrase take root in your heart and grow fruit.

Focus on Matthew 6:9. Consider His role as Father. What does that mean in the context of your needs and desires? How can His name be exalted and hallowed in the midst of your needs?

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name” (Matt. 6:9).

Focus on Matthew 6:10. Bring each situation to the Lord and pray, “Let Your will be done in this in every detail. Let Your kingdom rule take effect in this in every detail.” Bring every detail of your situations before Him, asking Him to take full charge.

“Your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10).

Focus on Matthew 6:11. Ask Him for His provision in every circumstance and every need the day presents. Rest in His willingness and His ability to meet every need as it arises.

 “Give us today our daily bread” (Matt. 6:11).

Focus on Matthew 6:12. Let the Father lead you in identifying and forgiving those who have hurt or offended you. Let Him set you free from the burden of bitterness.

“Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matt. 6:12).

Focus on Matthew 6:13. Daily, ask the Lord to lead you in paths that will help you avoid temptation. Listen to Him as He brings thoughts to your mind about how to avoid placing yourself in temptation’s path. Obey.

“And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:13).


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