The Lords prayer


This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one. If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions. Matt. 6:9-15   

There are many ways to apply this prayer to our lives, I'll do the simplest one.

1) Our Father in heaven: "our" signifies the believers relationship with one another, and " Father" signifies the relationship of the believer with God. Praying to " Our Father" is His family, working together with Him to accomplish His will for our family.

2) hallowed be your name: most holy is "our Father," again remember the first beatitude,"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

3) your kingdom come: the first petition of the prayer asks for God's actions to supersede our own.

4) your will be done, on earth as in heaven: a petition that God's purpose to establish the kingdom, a purpose present now in heaven, be executed on earth.

5) Give us today our daily bread: also translated, bread for the coming day or needful bread. This is a petition for physical bread as well as spiritual bread. God provides food for our bodies to be nourished, and the Eucharistic bread for the nourishment of our souls.

6) and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors: this petition asks our Father to forgive our sins as (or just like) we forgive those who sin against us.(See verses 14 & 15.)

7) do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one: Jewish apocalyptic writings speak of a period of severe trial before the end of the age, sometimes called the "Messianic woes." This petition asks that we be spared that final test and God deliver His children from the influence and deceit of Satan.

8) If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.  This ties us back to verse 12. This is a challenge we must accept. A commandment we must obey.

Also notice, Jesus said," This is how you are to pray," this is our model and should be the foundation of all our personal prayers.

Amen.

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2 Responses

  1. Lovely brief outline of the prayer. Thankyou. And I think that you are right that we should be taking it with utmost seriousness that Jesus gave us that command. I’m concerned that it is so widely ignored even in basic Christian ‘how to pray’ texts, often shunted aside in favour of prayer mnemonics like ‘ACTS’ or ‘CATS’. If you’d like to follow up for some resources for praying the pattern of the Lord’s prayer, you might like to give abbeynous.schtuff.com a visit.

  2. Thanks for your encouragement and for the info. I will visit soon.

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