Jesus said, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, if someone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Mark 11:22-24 Net Bible
This is what I stand upon. I am not commanding God to heal. And I do not blame myself or God if my healing does not come when, where, or how I want. My prayer is to align my mind, my will, my spirit with God to such a degree that I, like Paul, can pray to the Father three times in full faith and confidence, and be at peace when He answers and says to me, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” II Corinthians 12:9,10
Or like Job, who said, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite (or profane, godless person) shall not come before him.” Job 13:15,16
My goal, through prayer, is to strengthen up the inner man. Ephesians 3:16 says this: “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;”
Who or what is is This inner man? If you are born again, your spirit is reborn. It is new. It is our minds which we have to work upon. Paul says this, in Romans 12:2;
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13
In Luke 11:1, we have the essentially the same prayer, but this time it is the disciples who asked Jesus to teach them to pray.
And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
In most bibles, this section of scripture is called the model prayer. Some of us have been taught to quote this prayer verbatim when we pray. The “Lord’s Prayer”, as it is called is a of safe, catch all prayer we can say when our mind goes blank and we don’t know what to pray — or a safe prayer we can make in public when we don’t want to offend anyone.
We have also been taught that the “Lord’s Prayer” is a formula: an outline for an effective prayer. It is said that this Jesus’ prayer a listing of the essential components which must be part of our prayer if we expect God to hear us. They say that if we fail to touch on each topic that Jesus mentioned, maybe our prayer won’t be acceptable to God.
I believe Jesus was saying something else entirely. He was correcting false ideas about prayer that were taught then and still taught to this day. Lets parse this