I've been meditating on the Lord's Prayer lately. For many Christians, it's almost like the 'default' prayer for people to say. Yet, when you sit and think about it, this prayer is pretty powerful.
When His disciples came asking Jesus how to pray, Jesus responded with this model for them to follow. If we go along with this example as well, we will find our prayer lives prospering.
Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)
9 This, then, is how you should pray: :"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name..."
Jesus opens His prayer with worship. He begins by acknowledging how holy and sovereign God is. This not only shows the Lord respect, but it gives us the opportunity to remind ourselves of the great One that we have been privileged to talk to one-on-one.
10 "your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."
After acknowledging the greatness of the Lord, who else's will would suffice? Nothing can trump God's awesome power, infinite wisdom, and omniscient wisdom. Opening ourselves up to the Lord's heavenly will, allows us to walk out His kingdom desires on the earth. Isn't it amazing that God trusts us with the privilege of carrying out His plans in our daily lives?
In your prayer time today, start off in worship to the Lord. Remind yourself of how great He is. Meditate on His grand splendor. Then, open yourself up to His great will. Relinquish your plans to Him, and allow your Heavenly Father to orchestrate your day.
11 "Give us this day our daily bread."
I interpret this portion of the prayer as Jesus showing us that we are to ask the Lord to give us what we need. Think about it. If our daily needs are tended to by the Lord, we have no real reason to complain.
So often, we are looking at what we don't have that we neglect to acknowledge what we do have. Asking the Lord to supply what we need will remind us of how much we already have. It will show us that often what we want is not necessary to live a happy life in God.
12 "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors."
It is so easy to keep a record of what others have done against us. I tend to have a long memory and have to consistently work on not holding on to old stuff.
One thing that helps is to think about how often I have sinned against God. I don't know about you, but my list is kind of lengthy. Yet, God has forgiven every single one of my sins.
He's forgiven every single one of yours as well. Kind of makes it easier to forgive someone else, doesn't it?
Today as you pray, remember to ask for what you need. God knows your heart's desires. He also knows what is best for you. He will never leave you with less than what you need. And, that's in everything... spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
Also choose to forgive those who've wronged you. It is best to make the decision to forgive in your prayer time because sometimes true forgiveness will only come with the help of the Holy Spirit!
13 "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil..."
Other versions of the Bible phrase this section differently.
The New Living Translations says: And don’t let us yield to temptation. God is never going to tempt you with sin. However, the devil is going to use every open door to try to trip you up.
When we are tempted, we have to acknowledge that God will always provide a way of escape for us. Temptations rise up every day. We don't have to give in to them. There is always a way for us to avoid sin.
..."For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."
Jesus closes his prayer the same way He opened it: acknowledging the awesomeness of God.
It is the Lord's Kingdom that will last forever. His power will outlast all others. His glory will shine for eternity. He is the One who will reign forever!
It is important that we keep this fact always before us. We serve the one true God. Our God is above all others. He is the Mighty, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnipotent One. And He has granted us the privilege to go before Him personally in prayer.
In your prayer time today, lift up those areas where you are being tempted. Rebuke the enemy and Remember the mighty God you serve! He is so magnificent, and He is taking time to hear from you. Give Him glory and praise as you pray.
Have an awesome day today! Lindy and I Bless you in His name!!
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