It is a potent way to intercede for someone else, even if you don’t know much about them.
Posted in , May 15, 2015
You know it as the prayer Jesus taught His disciples in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4. Christians have prayed that short prayer for two millennia. It is prayed in public worship services around the globe and in the most private settings, too. Many people—even those who haven’t attended a church service for years—know it by heart.
Some believe that Jesus intended the prayer to be recited, just as he gave it (after all, he did say, “When you pray, say…”), while others approach the prayer as a pattern or model for Christian prayer (in my books, The Red Letter Life and The Red Letter Prayer Life, I try to show how The Lord’s Prayer shows us many powerful and practical ways to pray).
Most people who sincerely pray The Lord’s Prayer (or the “Our Father,” as some call it) do so primarily for themselves or their family. They pray for “our daily bread” and for God to “deliver us from evil.” When a church prays it together (often reciting it aloud), it is a powerful prayer for the whole body of believers.
But The Lord’s Prayer can also be prayed for others. It is a potent way to intercede for someone else, even if you don’t know much about that person’s (or persons’) circumstances.
Praying The Lord’s Prayer for someone else might sound something like this:
Our Father in heaven,
make your name holy in and through Susan;
bring your kingdom in and through her;
accomplish your will in and through her,
as promptly and fully as it is done in heaven.
Give her the bread she needs today.
Forgive her sins,
and give her grace to forgive all who have sinned against her.
And lead her—not into temptation,
but deliver her from evil,
for the kingdom and power and glory are yours,
Praying The Lord’s Prayer for someone else covers all the bases. It hits all the right notes. It helps the person praying to be a genuine help to the person being prayed for. Try it. Make it a habit. And let the Lord’s own words guide your prayers not only for yourself but also for others in need.