9"This, then, is how you should pray:
" 'Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11Give us today our daily bread.
12Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.[a]' 14For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
The first thing I addressed was the fact that the Lord gave this to us as a template or model of what our prayer life should look like. This was not meant to be a restrictive prayer. Even Paul, later in Luke 11, quoted this prayer but not word for word.
I gave the girls an acronym that basically follows the Lord's prayer. This is something I use often in my own prayer life; it keeps me focused on what is important. ACTS.
- Adoration - Praising God for who He is
- Confession - Confessing our sins and asking for forgiveness
- Thanksgiving - Thanking God for everything in all circumstances
- Supplication - Praying for others and yourself