The Lord’s Prayer

prayer

I think every­one can agree that prayer is pow­er­ful and impor­tant. But what did Jesus have to say about it? He mod­eled how we should pray in Matthew 6. He starts out by telling the peo­ple that they should not pray because they want to impress those that might be lis­ten­ing. Prayer is to be in an inner room between you and God. Not a demon­stra­tion or dis­play for oth­ers to be impressed with your holi­ness.

He goes on to tell us not to be repet­i­tive. God already knows what you need before you ask. What a beau­ti­ful thing to serve a God that knows every­thing I need with­out my ask­ing? He is already in the busi­ness of pro­vid­ing for me before I even know I need some­thing.

Then he goes on to give a mod­el for us to know how to pray. It is a sim­plis­tic prayer that we would do good to fol­low.

Our Father who art in heav­en, Hal­lowed be Thy name.

This is an acknowl­edge­ment of who God is and where he is at.  He is in Heav­en patient­ly wait­ing for our arrival.  It is also declar­ing that God’s name is to be kept Holy. This is more than using God’s name as a swear word. This is also about how we live our lives. When we accept Christ as our Sav­ior we rep­re­sent God. We should live our lives in such a way that we bring God hon­or and keep His name Holy.

This is a dec­la­ra­tion that in all I do and say that God’s name will be declared and pro­claimed, Holy!

Thy king­dom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heav­en.

Thy king­dom come! Come, Lord Jesus, come! The king­dom of God is filled with jus­tice, right­eous­ness, peace, joy, love and mer­cy. I pray that God’s king­dom would reign in our lives both now and forever.

His will may not be ours. That is a tough real­i­ty that can be hard at times to come to terms with. We can want so many things but ulti­mate­ly, when we pray we need to ask for God’s will to be done. There is so much that we do not know. God’s will may not be to give you what you are ask­ing for. That doesn’t mean we can’t ask. This is telling us to ask but to also pray for God’s will in any given cir­cum­stance.

Be sure to read part 2 of the Lord’s Prayer.

 

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