Does the Lord's Prayer give the structure of Matthew chapter 6?
The Lord's Prayer contains
- a way to address God
- Our Father in Heaven
- 3 petitions concerned with God's honour
- May your name be honoured
- Your kingdom come
- Your will be done
- 3 petitions concerned with our needs
- Give us our daily bread
- Forgive us our sins
- Deliver us from temptation and evil
Before the Lord's Prayer we get 6:7-8, which establishes that God truly is our Father. He doesn't need to be coerced or manipulated.
Surrounding the Lord's Prayer we get the rest of 6:1-18 (6:1-6 and 6:16-18), in which Jesus spells out that we are to live for God's praise and honour, and not for the applause of others.
After the Lord's Prayer we get 6:19-34, in which Jesus spells out what it looks like to depend on God our Heavenly Father for all of our needs, and not to live for them.
3 theses, then:
- God is our Father.
- Living for his honour is the alternative to chasing the honour of others
- Depending on him to supply what we need is the alternative to living for the sating of those needs.