Everyone who has been a Christian for some time has had the privilege of learning the Lord’s Prayer. Not many people, however, continue saying it. Some say it to finish praying quickly without giving it much thought, while others have abandoned it to focus on different styles of prayer. There is nothing wrong with praying differently, but when you know the power of the Lord’s Prayer, you will want to incorporate it in all your prayers.
It is the Lord’s Prayer because Jesus Christ taught it. Jesus said, “In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power
and the glory forever. Amen.” (Mathew 6:9-13-New King James Version)
Our Father in heaven
Imagine you needed help from one person in a group of children, friends, or employees. If you gave a general instruction, would your request be honored? Most likely not because you did not expressly assign the responsibility to anyone. But if you said, “Rose, would you please remove those books from the table?” Rose would give you her attention and take the required action.
When you begin your prayer by saying, “Our Father in heaven,” you capture God’s attention. You acknowledge that He is your Father and that He is in heaven, which is a mighty and holy place. God is not limited like humans are; therefore, He can do whatever you ask of Him, according to His will.
As our Father, God loves us very much. We, therefore, approach Him in prayer, knowing that He will not judge us, but answer our prayers.
Can you truly call God your Father when you have not yet chosen to become His child? The Bible says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name….” (John 1:12) You will need to choose to become God’s child because God will not force you.
If you would love to begin this father-child relationship with God, find out how you can HERE. I guarantee that it is the best decision you’ll ever make. It is the only one that gives you eternal life.
Hallowed be Your name
We enter God’s presence with worship and praises to God for who He is. (Psalm 100:4) God is great and mighty. He is Holy. There is no other God but Him. There is nothing that God cannot do. God is everywhere, and He sees everything. He created everything.
God’s name is the name that is above all other names and has tremendous power. The Bible says, “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)
There is salvation in the name of Jesus. The Bible assures us that whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)
Through the Name of Jesus, God the Father sends our helper and comforter—the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit teaches us and reminds us of the teachings of Jesus. (John 14:26)
Through the mighty name of Jesus, we have life. The Bible says, “…but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. (John 20:31)
We are not able to exhaust the greatness of God’s name in this article alone. So, therefore, we say hallowed be Your name in worship and surrender because of what that name is and what it can do.
Your kingdom come
Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world (John18:36). His kingdom is promised to those who love Him, who have faith in Him. (James 2: 5)
What exactly is Jesus’ kingdom? Romans 14:17-18 says, “…for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” God expects us to serve Jesus Christ, our King, in these things—living a righteous life as the Holy Spirit enables us to live in peace with each other and be joyful in God.
The kingdom of God is everlasting. (Isaiah 9: 7 & Psalm 145:13)
When we pray for God’s kingdom to come, we are asking for the fulfillment of the following scripture from Revelation 12:10 “…Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.”
God’s children face many challenges in this world, but God will deal with the devil (who is the accuser of the brethren) when the kingdom of God comes. That would be freedom for God’s children.
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
God’s will for us is the best, even when it may differ from yours. God wills that we might be saved and not perish. (Mathew 18:14) He would like for us to tell others about the gift of salvation. (Mark 16:15)
I understand that sharing one’s faith is challenging for most people. I suggest that you begin by sharing your testimony about how you came to know Jesus, what your life was like before and what it has become. The Holy Spirit will help you.
God’s will is also that we do good deeds. We do good things, not as a way to get into heaven but to glorify God and give thanks for the gift of salvation.
God’s will is also that everyone who names the name of Christ departs from iniquity. (2 Timothy 2:19)Iniquity means deviating from what is right; gross injustice, sin, wickedness, unfairness, and immoral deeds.
God’s will is that God’s children will be one as the Trinity is one. The Trinity is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. His will is also that God’s children will experience Jesus and God’s love. (John 17: 11; 20-26)
God wants His children to be in unity, depart from evil deeds, and experience God’s love, among others. Therefore, when we pray for God’s will to be done on earth, we should also do our part as per God’s will.
Give us this day our daily bread
Bread could mean our daily needs. We pray for God to provide, protect and sustain us. However, Jesus said, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Mathew 4:4)
Jesus is the word of God. (John 1:1-5)
Jesus also said that He is the bread of life that takes away hunger and thirst, giving eternal life. (John 6:33-35,51)
As we pray for God to meet our daily needs, we remember that Jesus is indeed the bread of life, and we should yearn for His word for the day. God’s word is the Bible, and that should meet our spiritual needs daily.
And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors
Debts in the Lord’s Prayer means sins ( Luke 11:4). Do you find it easy to forgive those who have wronged you? And have you noticed that it is easier to forgive strangers more than those close to us?
Well, when we say the Lord’s Prayer every day, we will begin to find it easier to forgive others. Practicing daily forgiveness protects you from developing bitterness that the devil can use against you.
I learned this lesson the hard way. My little girl had just learned how to say the Lord’s Prayer from her grandmother. When we came back home, she said it all the time. At that time, I was very disappointed with someone close to me. I didn’t want to forgive unless they asked for forgiveness.
Every time my daughter reached the part of asking God to forgive us as we forgive those that sin against us, I got very uncomfortable. I can tell you that I had to let go of the anger and genuinely forgive the person. That experience reminded me that I, too, have my faults and needed to be pardoned.
Someone once said that if we do not forgive, we build a prison in our hearts and lock ourselves in it. The chances are that the other person has moved on with their lives, but we remain miserable and live in disunity, which is against God’s will that we saw earlier in this article.
So I learned that it is more for me than for the other person when I forgive. It is also so that God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven. The Lord’s Prayer taught me that lesson.
Pray for those that hurt you. Then, when you do, you will begin to view them differently—with more kindness and patience.
And do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from the evil one
I believe everyone knows right from wrong with the help of one’s conscience. It would help to keep away from places where we will get tempted to do evil. Quit hanging around people that encourage you to do bad stuff.
The Bible says that the enemy is busy moving around, looking for whom to devour. (1 Peter 5:8) Therefore, “And whatever you do in word or deed. Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Col 3:17 We also need to watch and pray that we do not enter into temptation, for the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Mathew 26:41)
We pray that God delivers us from the evil one because the Bible says that the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10) Our prayer places a hedge of protection around us, our loved ones, and our interests.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
The true kingdom belongs to Jesus. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. (Revelation 19:16) It is also an everlasting kingdom. We know this from Revelation 5:13 that says, “Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!” John 1:29 &36 confirms to us that Jesus the Lamb of God.
Amen is let it be so.
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Saying the Lord’s Prayer will encourage you to have a Father-child relationship which means that you will believe and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior. When you accept Jesus, you receive the gift of eternal life, and death loses its power over you.
The Lord’s Prayer gives perspective on the kind of kingdom that God’s children belong to. That is powerful because you behave and live like an ambassador, knowing that you represent another country you will return to when your assignment is done. When you know that, you stop meddling in minor issues and focus on the high calling.
Knowing God’s will gives you direction. Doing and living in God’s will is a way to defeat the devil and his schemes.
When you pray about your daily bread, you will realize the need to meet your spiritual needs and other needs. But, unfortunately, Christians sometimes forget to feed their spirits with the word of God.
The devil thrives in environments where there is strive. His job is to destroy what is good. Saying the Lord’s Prayer will prevent you from giving the devil that power over you and your relationships by making sure you forgive others…and yourself.
God has promised to answer whatever we ask for in His name; therefore, when we pray that God should not lead us into temptation and that we should be delivered from evil, God is faithful enough to answer your request.
We begin the Lord’s Prayer and end it in praise and worship to our God. There is power in praising God, and that is why we were created. When we honor God, He too will meet us at our point of need—spiritual and otherwise.
That, my friend, is the power in the Lord’s Prayer. I hope that you will now find the motivation to incorporate it into your daily prayers. God bless you as you do.
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