The Lord's prayer, often recited word for word by many, eventually becomes a vain ritual. However, we know that Christ was giving His followers here an outline for a typical prayer. Ivan Waltner describes, through various Biblical parables, that Jesus served as an example to us, paying the ultimate cost in the flesh. We know that He chooses people that will obey Him and, eventually, become kings and priests in His coming Kingdom. When it comes to our prayers, we must remember to apply perseverance, endurance, will power and a willingness to make our own sacrifices. These are the traits of both Jesus and of a king. Prayer can become defiled through sin that will often lead to a loss of interest. Praying without faith, doubting that anyone is listening to us is useless. Finally, Satan is the master of distraction and he will do whatever it takes to keep us from praying regularly or in times of need. We must look to our example, Jesus, who taught us that we must persevere and not grow weary when praying to God. It is His willingness to answer all of the prayers of His people. Remember to pray always and stay the course - be persistent.