Entry 47 The Lord’s Prayer
Jesus gave us an example of how to pray. We can never go wrong following Jesus’ patterns. He taught us to pray this way: “Our Father which art in heaven”. This makes it clear who we are talking to, the relationship we are to have with Him and where He abides. Having that intimate Father and son relationship, we are to boldly approach the throne of grace for ourselves. “Hallowed be thy name”; we are to come to our Heavenly father in awe with praises and thanksgiving in our hearts. “Thy kingdom come”, this is the portion of the prayer that has not occurred yet, as Satan has stolen the dominion of earth from the first man Adam. “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” this will happen with the second Man Adam, our Messiah returns again to take us with Him. In heaven there is consistent praise, love, joy, peace and rest. God’s desire is for the whole earth to be filled with his glory like it is in heaven in our world contaminated by Satan with sin, death and destruction. Jesus told us to ask God to “give us this day our daily bread”. God provides the grace and mercy we need for each new day as we feed on His holy word. He takes care of our physical needs as we rest in Him every day. “And forgive us our debts Lord, as we forgive our debtors” refers to our relationship with each other. With the measure of mercy and forgiveness we distribute to others, God will give to us. If we have a problem with our brother God wants us to leave our gift at the altar and try to make amends. “And lead us not into temptation”, speaks to the fact that God will not allow us to be tested above what we are able but will with the temptation provide a way of escape so that we can bear it. We must pray that God “deliver us from evil”. Man’s heart is inherently wicked because of our fallen sin condition, and no good thing is in the flesh. But if we ask Him, God can deliver us from the evil of the world, and the evil of our sin nature. “For thine’s is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever Amen”. All authority, power, and praise belong to God, and it is our job to give it to Him daily. God is God whether we believe him, serve Him, worship Him or not. And one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord of lords forever, Amen, and it is so.