“So pray this way: Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored, may your kingdom come, may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we ourselves have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:9-13 NET https://bible.com/bible/107/mat.6.9-11.NET
The things God told us to pray for while He lived among us as one of us are for God’s glory on earth and His will to be accomplished on earth. He told us to pray for ourselves for food for today, forgiveness for our sins, and deliverance from temptation so that we would not sin against God further. Do we consistently pray for these things? Are we earnestly seeking God to be recognized and honored in Jesus the Savior? Is absolute obedience to everything Jesus commanded our earnest desire reflected in our daily prayers? Are we content with our provisions? Most Americans have plenty to eat and a safe place to sleep with clothes sufficient for comfort. Are we genuinely penitent, realizing that our holy God demands we live holy lives? Have we forgiven those who have sinned against us, knowing how often we sin against God? Are we determined to no longer sin against God, wanting His power and presence to keep us from those things, those places, and those people who facilitate our failure at obeying God? Prayer is for obtaining more honor for God in the world and more godliness in our lives. Praying this way would align us with God’s will for us to humble ourselves and pray, to seek Him, and to turn from our wicked ways so that He will hear our prayers, forgive our sins and heal our land.