jesus-praying02Here are a few brief thoughts about the Lord’s prayer.

Our Father

Some seem to make a big deal about giving equal time in prayer to the Father, Son, and Spirit. As if one would be jealous of the others if we didn’t give them equal time in prayer. The Lord always addressed His prayers to the Father. I don’t think this is a good thing to spend a lot of time worrying about.

in heaven,

God is in an exalted place, higher than us. He has a better perspective on everything than we do!

Hallowed be Your name.

Hallowed is set apart or special. A name is a reputation involving one’s character. Let God’s reputation be set apart, and His character always be viewed as greater, better, and purer than ours.

Your kingdom come.

The kingdom is God’s government on earth. Someday, God will take over the governments of this world and make them His Own. It is good for all of us if we look forward to that time. I certainly do.

Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.

When God’s government comes, this will be a complete reality, for what He wills to happen shall happen on earth, as it does in heaven. Yet even now, we should strive to make His will a reality in our own lives. It is not our job to wait until He forces this to be. We need to pattern our lives as a worthy walk after Him.

Give us this day our daily bread.

This is a request to meet our daily, physical needs.

And forgive us our debts,

The debt we owe to God is one we can never repay.

As we forgive our debtors.

This is a law for the kingdom of God. We have a different reason for forgiving than this. Ephesians 4:32. “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” We are to forgive because we are already forgiven.

And do not lead us into temptation,

Temptation may not be a good translation here. Tempting someone means testing them and hoping they will fail. When God tests us, He hopes we will succeed.

But deliver us from the evil one.

We need God’s deliverance, for the evil one is much older and more intelligent than we are!

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Amen, and praise God!

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