Good morning! It is Thursday, September 23, 2021. Jeanette Stark here.
Yesterday I wrote about Flight 93. I mentioned that Todd had asked the woman on the phone to pray with him. They recited the Lord’s Prayer.
“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom 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 kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.” - Matthew 6:9-13 KJV
I would like to take a closer look at the most famous prayer in the Christian world.
OUR FATHER: we are His children. John 3:1 ESV “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are…” 1 John 3:1 ESV
WHICH ART IN HEAVEN: to be or to exist
BE THY: your
Name: how we identify you
THY KINGDOM: the spiritual reign or authority of God.
COME: occur; happen; take place.
THY WILL: mental powers manifested as choosing, desiring, or intending
BE DONE: achieve or complete.
IN EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN: We are asking God to align Heaven and earth. We are asking that His perfect will be completed on planet earth just as His perfect will exists in Heaven.
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD: now, all my life I have believed that we are asking God for food so that our stomachs do not feel hunger pangs. But recently, I have another impression of this verse. What if Jesus meant something else?
In John 6:35 Jesus said “…I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger,…” ESV
“I am the bread of life.” John 6:48 ESV
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” John 6:51 ESV
I could be wrong, but I think this verse is telling us to ask for Jesus daily. Give us this day the living bread…give us this day the bread of life. Give me Jesus!
FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS: When I think of debt, I think of something owed to me such as money or a favor. But that is not what is meant here. The word debt, in this instance, is the same as the word sin. Some versions say “trespasses”. It too is synonymous with sin. We are asking God to forgive our sins and we are telling God that we will forgive those who have sinned against us. In fact, it is imperative that we forgive others.
Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” ESV To not be forgiven by God is a serious matter friend. We need that forgiveness. We need that cleansing.
In addition, studies show that holding a grudge; being unwilling to forgive will affect your health in some very serious ways.
“Unforgiveness is also linked to arthritis according to a study by Harvard; although the Bible doesn’t really need Harvard’s proof but for those that like science; unforgiveness and the body being destroyed by it do go hand in hand. Other health issues related to unforgiveness are heart conditions, hypertension and others.” - Dr. Julie Blair
AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION: To be clear, God does not tempt us to sin.
James 1:13 says “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.” ESV
So, what is implied in this statement? I think we are asking God to protect us from evil, to lead us around situations that may entice us to sin. We are asking our heavenly Father to not allow Satan to tempt us.
James 1:13 tells us that God tempts no one, but He will allow us to be tempted. We are asking God to not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can take.
1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” ESV
BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL: We are asking God to rescue us from evil. To protect us against Satan and his evil influences.
FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM, AND THE POWER, AND THE GLORY, FOREVER: With this statement (which was added later) we are acknowledging our Heavenly Father’s authority.
2 Chronicles 20:6 “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you.” ESV
AMEN: (also added later) “certainly,” “it is so,” or “so it be.” – dictionary.com
Father, we are your children, and we acknowledge that you live in Heaven, and You are holy. We ask that Your authority take place and that your choice, desire, and intentions for our lives come about in a very real way in our lives. Father, we ask that you complete your plan for us. We ask that Your perfect will be completed on planet earth just as Your perfect will exists in Heaven. Thank you for Your son, Jesus, and we ask for Him to present in our lives today and every day. Father we know that forgiveness is an important part of our spiritual lives as well as our physical well-being. Help us to forgive when it seems impossible to do so. Abba, we ask that You not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can take and that You provide a means of escape when Satan tries to persuade us to take our eyes of You. Creator God, we acknowledge Your authority over heaven and earth and ask for nothing, but your plan be manifested in our lives. So be it!
Have Your way in my life Father! I will follow You!