Eight Parts of Prayer as taught by Jesus

Eight Parts of Prayer as taught by Jesus: Exegesis on Matthew 6: 9-13 (Exegesis means critical explanation or interpretation of a text or portion of a text, esp. of the Bible.)

When His Disciple asked Jesus to teach them how to pray He recited
Matthew 6:9-13 (NKJV)

9. “…Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be your Name
10. Your kingdom come, your will be
done on 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 do not lead us into
temptation, but deliver us from
evil. For Yours is the kingdom
and the power and the glory
forever, Amen.

First Part: Know who you are praying to:

          Verse 9: “…Our Father who is in heaven..”
Jesus wants us to make sure that we are praying to the Father who is in Heaven. Jesus is the very first man to call God Almighty as His personal Father. The reverence of the Jews to God Almighty made them call Him, Lord, and many other names but not as their personal Father. YHWH, which is unpronounceable, is one of the names they call God . Jesus knows Him because He had seen Him and He came from Him (John 1:18) This is the Father of Jesus, God the Creator of everything.

Second Part: Praise Him and Worship Him

          “Hallowed be your name…”

Hallowed means holy. holy means sacred, pure, and anything pertaining to the Supreme Being. Hallowed means worship Him. This is the time to say to the Father our reverence for Him. We worship and we praise Him.

Third Part : Give Him your petition, make it big.

          Verse 10: “Your kingdom come”

Make your petition big, something that you cannot do for yourself. The Jews were under the rule of the Roman Empire at that time. Just like any nations of the world, the Jews hated to be under any nation (who wants to be) but they cannot do anything. Roman Empire was so powerful at that time. Thy Kingdom come is the desire in the hearts of every Jew. Jesus is telling His disciples to ask for the Kingdom of God to come

          Verse 10 (2nd part) “your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven”

This is part of a big petition, the will of the Father which means peace, love, joy, blessing, and salvation for the people are done on Earth as it is in Heaven. We are asking that whatever He is experiencing in Heaven be upon us here on Earth.

Fourth Part: Give your daily petition

          Verse 11: “Give us this day our daily bread”.

Bread represents our daily need. We could ask for a solution to our personal problem, a healing for our sickness, a relationship to be mended,…etc.

Fifth Part: Ask for the forgiveness of our debts or trespasses but knowing there’s a condition.

          Verse 12: “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”

The condition is that we should forgive those who trespass against us.

Sixth Part: Ask for guidance to avoid evil, and when we fall ask for deliverance.

          Verse 13: “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

Seventh Part: For any answered prayer, give back the honor to God. Thank Him for the all the accomplishments because of Him and not because of us.

          “For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.”

Eight part: End your prayer in Jesus Name Jesus said in John 16:23, New King James Version (NKJV)
“…. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.”


1. What is the petition taught by Jesus?  “Thy Kingdom come”.

2. Did this petition materialized during His time? Yes, the Kingdom of God accomplished by Jesus on the cross came down from heaven whereby salvation came to all.

3. What happened to the Roman Empire? The empire which does not believe in Christ does not exist anymore.  This history happened for us to believe that the Kingdom of God has already been established since two thousand years ago. 

4. What is the salvation offered by Jesus Christ?  For Him (Jesus Christ) to be our personal Savior and for Him to be our Lord.  (Please read the article of Salvation given in this web site to assure yourself of the salvation offered by Jesus.)

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