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How Did Jesus Want Us To Pray

Do you think that when Jesus responded to his disciples request to teach them to pray He ever intended 'His' prayer to be recited in the way we now use it, or was it meant as a guide as to the main points we need to include in our prayers (praise, requests for self and others, forgiveness etc.)?

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Jesus said to pray 'like this'. I believe it was intended as a guideline and not to be recited back word for word like a chant. When we pray we must make our prayers personally individual and say them with meaning.
---Janet7433 on 12/15/07

No. He said, go into a room or closet, close the door and KNEEL on the floor say ing your prayer.
---jana on 9/27/06

1 Samuel 12:23
Psalm 55:17
Matthew 6:6 -- 26:41
Mark 6:46
Luke 11:1 --- 18:1
John 14:16 -- 17:9
Romans 8:26
1 Corinthians 14:15
1 Thessalonians 5:17 & 25
1 Timothy 2:8
James 5:13
1 John 5:16
3 John 2

---Barbara67 on 5/30/05

Judith, remember that Jesus participated in the ritual of His day, and never said anything against ritual as such.

Again, it depends on what's in the heart.
---Jack on 5/29/05

I think that the Prayer "Our Father, who art in heaven..." is a model for us to go by. you address who you are talking to, where is he etc... If you do a study on prayer it opens up much to you. But I feel it must come from your heart not ritual. Talk to him like you would someone you are deeply in love with. God Bless
---Judith on 5/29/05

There are many prayers of our Lord recorded in the Gospels. To say that John 17 is the "real Lord's Prayer" is merely playing with words.

The Our Father/Pater (to use the Latin incipit) is part of the traditional spiritual life of Christians of the ancient Churches of the East of Apostolic foundation since their beginnings. What does that tell you?
---Jack on 5/27/05

I believe God honors both depending on the heart.
---Katie on 5/23/05

The subject of confessing God's Word is actually interlaced throughout Scripture ("Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth ..." Joshua 1:8). It says, keep God's Word in your mouth. So who's to say confessing the Lord's Prayer is wrong. Ephesians 6:18 instructs us to pray with all kinds of prayers. I don't think there's a right or wrong answer here. God's Word has many layers (Ephesians 3:10) and is therefore open to interpretation.
---DoryLory on 5/23/05

I prefer to refer to this prayer as the "Disciples Prayer" ("Teach US to pray.") and see it as a pattern not a formula.

John 17 is what I call the "Lord's Prayer" or the "Great High Priestly Prayer."
---Bruce5656 on 5/23/05

I heard an excellent sermon on this topic once. It suggests that the Lord's prayer (Jesus teaching us how to pray) addresses every relevant point in the christian life. Of course, it was not meant to become a mindless rote, but a heartfelt and meditated upon prayer that covers everything.
---lisa on 5/22/05

The Lord's prayer is to show or point out to us that God is to be addressed or referred to as our Heavenly Father. A Fatherhood relationship with God. Once we accept Christ, we are privileged to become God's Children. That is my opinion of the Lord's prayer.
---pek on 5/22/05

As individuals that we are, our prayers are equally "personal." When praying, it should always be heartfelt and one should be completely focused. For me, repeating the Lord's Prayer isn't as fulfilling as talking to God "one on one", using MY own words. When I pray, I feel a real need to be open and honest, up front and personal, with the Lord.
---Helen on 5/22/05

The"Lord's prayer" was simply a model, I dont believe any prayer should be said by"ROTE"
---1st_cliff on 5/22/05

It's okay to say the exact words of the Lord's Prayer, as long as you're praying in the Spirit and from your heart. The problem is that many people praise the Lord with their lips, but their hearts are far from him.
---Eloy on 5/22/05

I personally do not think we are meant to repeat it in the way many of us do. Jesus said "But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking." and "After this manner therefore pray ye" (Matthew 6) After this manner means 'in this way' not 'in these exact words'. We are meant to study each phrase but then make them our own. Each persons prayer is personal.
---Xanthi on 5/22/05

Jesus meant what he said Pray to the Father & gave us the "Lords Prayer"which we say today & has a wealth of meaning.Jesus knew what would please his Father,as he & his father were one equal& distinct.
---Emcee on 5/22/05

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Super question! I don't think Jesus wants us to "recite" His perfect prayer, but to really think about His wonderful Words as we pray. The sincerity of our heart is what matters to Him. He said, "This, then, is how you should pray:..." The believers have used His model prayer for 2000 years. Further, Jesus tells us to "ask, seek and knock"; (Matthew7:7-8). This certainly covers any other prayers we may have. Our Jesus wants to bless us always! Blessings to you too!
---Elsie on 5/22/05

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