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Prayer is a language in which we meet with God. When a child learns to speak she starts with requests and is driven not by any intense desire to meet with her parents but a sense of need or desire. In the same way we learn to pray to God mostly out of need. As we becomes more mature prayer is focused on our relationship with our Father (Meet God in Prayer),
The second half of the Lord’s prayer focuses on coming to our Father to set our needs before Him.
We pick up then half way through the Lord’s prayer of Luke 11:2-4
The Lord desires good things for us and He sees our need. The Lord is not meeting with us in some ivory tower immune to the needs of His children. He cares deeply about us. He leaves us in need to develop us in prayer.
The next phrase of the Lords Prayer is Luke 11:3
3 Give us each day the food we need
Sometimes it seems to us prayers are not answered. There could be many reasons for this. It could be a matter of not yet. It could be that we do not understand what is good. It may be that we are approaching God with a bad attitude, or are asking in an inappropriate way.
Next the Lord brings us to a place of need relationally, our need for forgiveness. The Lord is a person with feelings and we need to keep the relationship clear.
4 and forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Being forgiven takes a great weight and anxiety off us. A start point for forgiveness is our need to apologise. Sometimes we struggle with confessing that would mean admitting to ourselves we have done wrong. In some cultures it is almost impossible to hear an apology! This is what our Father in heaven asks. He also asks for us to forgive others. He is concerned we have an open relationship with Him, and everyone else. More on finding forgiveness. More about forgiving.
Now we move on to what for many is a very curious line of the Lord’s prayer, one that challenges our understanding about God. Here I slip over to Matthew’s parallel but extended version of this teaching Matthew 6:13,
13 And don't let us yield to temptation,*
but rescue us from the evil one.*' [For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]
An issue that people struggle with is why we would be caused to be tempted. We gain an insight into this in Luke 22:31-32
31 "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat.32 But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers."
More on Spiritual Warfare.
PRAYER IN NEED