So He said to them, When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. (Luke 11:2-4 NKJV)
1. Our father:
I’m so thankful that God wants us to view him as our father. He could have required us to view Him formally, religiously, or governmentally. Instead he desires us to interact with him as a father and we as his children.
Not just any father either, but a loving benevolent father who always knows best for us.
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, Abba, Father. (Romans 8:15 NKJV)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. (James 1:17 NIV84)
he is our Guide, protector our provider, our discipline, and direction. When we pray we are merely going to our dad to give and receive love.
2. Who art in heaven:
I’m so grateful that our father is not bound by this earthly dimension. He is not limited by time, or by the context of this cursed earth. He lives outside our limits and boundaries but is fully capable of reaching into our world to change it. He has, does, and will continue to do the miraculous and extraordinary in our lives as we pray.
3. Hallowed be thy name:
I’m so blessed by the concept that Gods name is holy, it is not only apart from every other name but also above every other name. As we hallow his name. Honor Him, praise Him, he inhabits that praise. His name is multifaceted and incomparable. His name declares His characteristics. By His name He is revealed to us as savior, healer, deliverer, peace, joy, and love. As we honor His name the atmosphere is charged with His anointing to manifest and personify that name with action that displays its meaning.
4. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven:
It is comforting to know that God has a plan. A plan that is established in heaven. He has put it in our purview as to whether we will follow that plan but if we do His will, will be done. Trusting in God means to realize He knows what’s best for us. He has given us His word to point us to His plan, and as we pray we surrender ourselves to the idea and reality that God knows best and has our best interest at heart leaving us with only one wise choice. To completely give ourselves to His kingdom not this worlds, not ours but His. To submit ourselves to his will, not breaking ours but subordinating it to His. Prayer lines that up, and manifests it in our lives.
5. Give us this day our daily bread.
I love the fact that we need not worry. Those things we have need of daily in our lives, God already knows. He is our daily provider. As we pray we trust he hears and answers our prayer daily. He is attentive to us every day. When we pray it positions us for daily provision and away from daily anxiety.
6. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us.
It’s powerful how being forgiven and forgiving go hand in hand. As we pray we are asking God to forgive us where we have missed the mark and we are forgiving those who have missed the mark in their dealings with us. The power in this is a cleansing of guilt and releasing of hurt all at the same time. This kind of prayer leaves no room for offense or grudge and sets everyone free. This is the atmosphere of unconditional love.
7. Lead us not into temptation:
We know that God is not tempted with evil neither can he tempt anyone with evil so this could be better said, lead us away from temptation. What an important opportunity prayer is to give God the opportunity to show us how to avoid the pitfalls. To move us in the opposite direction of a possible temptation. If in prayer we can learn to listen to the Holy Spirit he can save us from so many failures and mistakes.
8. Deliver us from the evil one:
We can pray for deliverance from the attacks of the enemy. Gods angelic hosts protecting us and our families from an onslaught of satanic attack. We can have victory over the evil one. Prayer is important to that end.
9. Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.
All praise belongs to God, all glory belongs to our father all power is in his hand and when we acknowledge that it creates the atmosphere of humility that allows God to minister to us and through us.
So be it, make all this real and fully developed in our lives.
Thank you Jesus for teaching us how to pray.