The Lord's Prayer stands as the most famous prayer in the Bible. That is why we began to teach it to our son, along with other signature elements of Christianity (i.e. the 10 Commandments, Apostles Creed, the Doxology, etc), from birth. Amazingly by 20 months he knew the Lord's Prayer. Recently, however, he has begun to do something new, he imitates me as I pray (this makes for longer more stunted prayers as, like speaking through a translator, I need to give him opportunity to recite the words I say). He is learning how to pray (and I must confess, as a Christian father, is one of the most endearing things I have ever witnessed in fatherhood).
Prayer is a spiritual art, it needs to be learned. The disciples recognized this when they went to their master, Jesus, and asked, "Lord, teach us to pray..." (Lk 11:1). What He gave them is known as the "Our Father" (first phrase) or "the Lord's Prayer" (the One who taught it). It is not only a prayer to recite but a model to pray through.
Additionally, we learn how to pray by asking the Holy Spirit to teach us. We can learn from other great prayer warriors who have known Jesus and had more time to perfect this art. We can use aids to help us structure our prayers (like ACTS: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication). We can learn by studying what Scripture says about prayer. We can learn by praying through Scripture (like a Psalm).
Like any art, like learning the social art of conversation, the more we practice it the more adept we will become. We all know we ought to pray, sometimes the challenge is to know how. Like little children, like the disciples, may we not be too proud to pray, "Lord, teach me to pray." He will be pleased to answer, give us this good gift, and draw us into deeper fellowship with Himself.
The Lord's Prayer Song
*A song to help learn the key themes of the Lord's Pray.
Our Father in heaven We hallow Thy name Thy kingdom most glorious Forever you’ll reign On earth as in heaven Your will be done.
Give us this day our daily bread And forgive us our sins As we forgive others And deliver us from the enemy.
For Thine is the kingdom The power and the glory Forever and ever. Amen!