Living the Lord’s Prayer
[”For samples of vain repetitions, see I Kings 18:26; Acts 19:34.” McGarvey]
For many people the “Lord’s Prayer” represents the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus gave it as a pattern of how people may approach GOD in prayer. We pray as God’s children!
1. A PATTERN FOR PRAYER.
“Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may Your Name be kept holy. May Your Kingdom come soon. May Your Will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. For Yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever. Amen.” Matt 6:9-13 (NLT)
[Some add: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Matt. 28:19-20. New people are being born every day and need to be added to the Kingdom.]
a) Our Father.
“And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.' “ Acts 17:26-29
b) May Your Name be kept holy.
“For I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on the earth. For I am the Lord who brings you up out of the
to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.” Lev 11:44-45; 1 Peter 1:15-16 land of Egypt
c) May Your Will be done.
“Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that." But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” James 4:15-17
d) Give us this day the food we need.
“For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the
righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do
not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.
Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Matt 6:32-34 kingdom
e) And forgive us our sins.
"For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matt 6:14-15
f) Don’t let us yield to temptation.
“Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Cor 10:11-13
g) Rescue us from the evil one.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Eph 6:10-12
h) Yours is the Kingdom, the Power, the Glory, Forever!
“Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!" And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: "Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!" Then the four living creatures said, "Amen!" And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.” Rev 5:11-14
The angels of heaven join the Created and the Redeemed to praise Jesus for His act of death which sets men free from the results of sin. Christ demonstrated that He is “worthy” by His heroic sacrifice (Eph 3:8-11). Every being joins in the chorus of praise to God and the Lamb. It is God’s act in Jesus the Lamb, which allows God to give the verdict of “not guilty” in regard to those who were “paid for” by the death of Christ. The total Universe shares in the benefits of this act. (Romans 8:19-22).