In this message Bryant Dougharty preached on the Lord’s Prayer, in Matthew 6:9-13. Here are some keys.
Why do we or should we focus on prayer? One answer is that prayer transforms us. We recognize God’s holiness and power, and get to call Him Father, because of our adoption into His family.
God’s kingdom is already here, so what is meant by Your Kingdom come? We are praying for our part in advancing His Kingdom. May we submit to His will even if the world is leading us otherwise. Do our hearts break for others whose lives are broken by habitual sin?
Do we trust God enough to provide for us, for our daily needs? Do we see Him as the ultimate provider?
Will we forgive others? This is hard, with loving our enemies among the hardest things we are called to do. See also Matthew 6:14-15 and John 20:19-23 about this.
God cannot tempt us but He may allow trials to occur in our lives which can lead to temptation and sin if we do not react in a Christ centered way. Will we love others out of their sin?
Does the rest of Matthew, 6:16-34, help shape the confidence with which we pray? It should. Look at the promises there. Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you. Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself.