Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
Jesus says: “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” (Matthew 5:9-13)
Jesus just said not to use meaningless repetitions and many words and now teaches us to pray a 30 second, 65 word prayer! Although this is commonly known as the Lord’s Prayer, it is really the disciples’ prayer. Jesus gave it as an example on how a disciple should pray.
There are 6 requests listed here. The first 3 are for God’s glory and the second 3 are for man’s good—a great balance! Let’s take a look at each:
FIRST: Hallowed be your name. “May your name be sanctified.” To sanctify God’s name is to set His name apart from all other gods.
SECOND: Your Kingdom come or may your Kingdom come. “May your Kingdom come here on earth as it is in heaven.” We are not only to be living our lives in such a way that we set God apart, distinct from everyone and everything else, but we are to promote His Kingdom here on earth.
THIRD: Your will be done or may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. If God’s name is set apart from all else and His Kingdom is making its way into the lives of people on earth, then God’s will is working itself out in our lives as well. Pray for His name to be set apart in this world, for His Kingdom to make itself fully realized and for His will to become more and more of a reality here on earth.
FOURTH: Give us this day our daily bread. This is one of the most dynamic and practical principles of trust ever written. Jesus is referring His audience back to the wilderness where God fed the children of Israel one day at a time. We are to pray in the same way. We are to look for and count on God to come through on our behalf—daily, as we have need.
FIFTH: Forgive us our debts as we have also forgiven our debtors. As we are counting on God to come through on our behalf on a daily basis to meet our basic needs, we need God’s grace in forgiving us and setting us free to be.
SIXTH: And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. This is a prayer for protection while we are living between the two kingdoms-God’s and man’s.
So, I pray, “May your name be set apart from all others in me!” “May your Kingdom come down to earth more fully in me!” And, “May your will be done in me!” In me, right here, right now, every day.