This is the first post in a six part series on using the Lord’s prayer to pray for our cities.
One of the most strategic questions recorded in the Bible is this: Lord, how should we pray?
Here is Jesus’ answer:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
Jesus is teaching you and me to pray that God would be glorified by meeting the needs of people. Here are the four needs that Jesus highlighted:
- Physical sustenance (“give us today our daily bread”).
- Right relationships between people and God (“forgive us our debts”).
- Right relationships among people (“as we also have forgiven our debtors”).
- Right responses to sin and Satan (“lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one”).
By taking time to understand your city in these four categories, you will be able to pray specific prayers, clearly communicate the needs of your city, and be more sensitive to how God wants you to be part of His answer to your prayers.