MODEL OR MANNER?
During this time on the mountain Jesus taught many new things - including things about praying. It's also where He began saying, "But I say to you", speaking with authority - as God's Anointed One!
His statements emphasise the differences between what He is saying and what they had been taught in earlier times.
He stood for difference and He taught differently.
As has been already said, mention praying and "The Lord's Prayer" comes up. But really the real Lord's Prayer would have to be John 17 (but that's another study). So what is this?
It's about praying with a difference. It's not a model prayer!
Jesus is calling for a manner of praying. He did not intend that it should be said by rote, a prayer that just rolls of the tongue without any thought.
However, it would have been a manner they were not used to because it's personal and intimate with God. And that goes for personal prayer and for praying with others. Jesus said (in Matthew 6'9-13):
“In this manner, therefore, pray:
'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.'"
Prior to these words, as if preparing them for His manner of praying, He had said (in Matthew 6'5-8):
And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do.
For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
Therefore do not be like them.
For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.
He shows clearly the complete contrast between the Pharisees' disposition and God's Fatherly disposition and the intimacy of a Believer's relationship to Him of "our Father".
Christ's manner of praying arose out of His desire to glorify His Father in every thing. It showed in His life and His words.
His manner was one of honour and dependence and love, glorifying His Father, knowing Him as "Abba" - a childlike name of affection:
“Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will,” Mark 14'36.
Having received Christ and receiving the Holy Spirit, Believers' desire is the same as His.
Sometimes someone will say that "prayer works". But the truth is that God answers. And it is our Father who works as Jesus said, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working," John 5'17.
Remember, when you pray "your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him," Matthew 6'8.