Many Christians have memorized the famous “Lord’s Prayer”. (Matthew 6:9-13) This prayer was given as a model prayer to the disciples when they requested, “Teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:1) It should be called “The Model Prayer” or “The Disciples Prayer”.
Jesus never personally prayed, “And forgive us our sins” (Luke 11:4), because He was without sin. It is interesting to note that Christ knew that His disciples were not perfect and would sin. This did not cause them to lose their salvation. Jesus simply taught them to go to their Father (they were still his children) and ask for forgiveness of their sins.
This prayer does not need to be quoted every time a person prays. Jesus said, “After this manner therefore pray ye.” (Matthew 6:9) My first grade teacher taught me my first lessons in math. She gave us model to follow when she said, “One plus one equals two.” (1+1=2) This did not mean that the sum total of all numbers would be two (2). She simply gave us the formula to use in addition problems.
This prayer should be prayed in the morning. It would be foolish to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11), during the evening with the day having past.
This prayer is a public prayer. The plural pronouns, “us” and “our”, are to be used when you are praying on behalf of yourself and others.
Never make the mistake of forgetting that Christ did teach us to pray.
“You can do more than pray after you have prayed; but, you should do no more than pray until you have prayed.” — Dr. Adrian Rogers