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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