"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdome come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdome, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen" Matthew 6:9-13 KJV
When I talk to people about learning scripture, there seems to be a common feeling of being overwhelmed. It's hard enough to read and understand it, let alone memorize it. I have been there, so I know how you feel, trust me. I will, however, challenge you that you may be wrong. If you read the above verse, you probably recited it, without even looking at it. Some of my Catholic peeps may still have your hands up in front of you without even realizing it. None the less, this is scripture my friends. I can remember watching video from September 11th that showed that all of the people that made contact with someone before crashing. Each one on the video was heard reciting this prayer with either the ones on the plane or somone on the phone. Each one asked if others would say it with them.
It is a great prayer, but did you ever think about what God is saying here? I was thinking we could break it down over the next week or so. As 2 Timothy 3:10 tells us, all scripture is God breathed, so it is important to know. God's word is God according to John 1 and if we say we have a personal relationship with Him, then we must have it with His book. Matthew 24:5 says "For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ', and will deceive many." In order to not be deceived right into hell, we need to learn the word of God. So let's start by digging in the Lord's prayer. Grab your bible, some coffee and here we go.
Before the Lord's prayer is written, Jesus is telling us in Matthew 6 not to let our righteousness be seen. If we are prompted by the Holy Spirit to give, we are to do that in secret. He is telling us to do it because He is the one asking, not so others can see it. Verse 3 and part of verse 4 says "But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret."
This sets the tone for the whole prayer. What He is saying here is that anything we do, should be for and with Him, if we are doing it to impress, or prove anything to others, He can't and won't hear it. God is Holy and blameless, He is love. He doesn't want our conversation with Him to be a show or for someone else. My Pastor always tells us that it doesn't matter what we say, God knows our heart so we might as well be honest with God in giving and in prayer too. So let's begin our journey with a prayer, right from our heart, shall we?
"Lord, we come before You, quite frankly nervous. Lord, the fact that You know my heart gives me fear and comfort all at the same time. We know that You created us, we know that You know our hairs on our heads, but to think You know whats in our hearts, is scary. Lord, I know my heart has some dark, cold, and ugly corners in it that I have not allowed You to heal. Help us Father, to submit those corners to You. Only You can heal our hurts, calm our fears, and help us to move on. As we pray this prayer together Lord, help each and every one of us to understand Your word. We also ask that You help us to apply the words to our own lives, speak directly to each and every one of us Father. I pray that You ignite a fire to want to know more of Your word, because frankly, without the truth in our hearts and minds, we will be led astray by someone who comes in Your name. Thank You for Your word and thank You for loving us. I'ts in Jesus name that we pray - Amen"