The Lord’s Prayer

St. Mathew 6:9-13

After this manner, therefore, pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on 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

Jesus made it so easy for us to pray. I encourage you to pray at least 30 minutes a day. I’ve had people tell me that they run out of words within a few minutes. So here’s how you can fill your prayer time by turning this prayer into praise.

Let’s break it down some. To save time I will take the meanings of the words from the Greek translation according to Strong’s concordance:

Our Father which art in heaven

Our means: Company, us, we you and me. Look who’s also included in your company Jesus, The Holy Spirit, Angels. You are not alone! You have a prayer team in house ready to praise God from the start.

Father which art in heaven

Now we have positioned God as our Father in reverence and where is He positioned? Some texts translate the word heaven to heavens which positions God above us in the second and third heavens. A place of prominence.

I used to be in sales, when I would answer the phone then position the call and set the tone or the agenda for the sale by stating the name of my company and my willingness to help. Jesus is effecting God’s prominence and creating an atmosphere of reverence.

Hallowed be thy name.

Hallowed means: to venerate, that is with Great respect.

Now here’s where you can start to get into the praise aspect of God’s name.

I’ll just go with this and start praising God’s name, like this: “Hallowed be thy Name! Glory be thy Name! Holiness be thy Name! Righteousness be thy Name! Strong Tower be thy Name! Deliverer be thy Name! August be thy Name!”

The word August actually means: respected and impressive, distinguished, eminent, venerable, hallowed, illustrious, prestigious, celebrated, honored, acclaimed, esteemed, exalted.

You can say "August" and cover allot but you can also include all these other words to describe God’s name. By so doing you’re praising Him and establishing God’s character in your mind and heart.

You can say this for 10 minutes easy. Allot of times I have to push myself past praising the name of God.

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

I used to relate this to the book of Revelations, thinking that God’s will would take place after the return of Jesus, and it does but where is the kingdom now?

Luke 17:21

Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, lo there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

God’s kingdom is within you, so by praying this you’re saying “Your will be done in me!” By now you should be dancing!

Give us this day our daily bread.

Thank God he provides our bread for sustenance, but wait! We have established that His will should be in us, how will we know His will if He doesn’t speak to us? So what is Bread?

John 6:35

And Jesus said unto them, I AM the bread of Life: he that cometh unto me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst.

Jesus is the Bread of Life and it’s obvious that He is not talking about natural food.

A little side note, people were not allowed to say the words I AM, because that is the name of God given to Moses. Saying it was punishable by death. Every time Jesus said “I AM” he was saying; “I’m God.”

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Forgive means: To send; to go; to send forth, in various applications: - cry, forgive, forsake, lay aside, leave, let (alone, be, go, have), omit, put (send) away, remit, suffer, yield up.

I like the last part to yield up. I often experience a letdown, when, suddenly I have to switch gears and ask for forgiveness, why? And why here? Were really getting into the praise at this point.

I think it is a reminder of how bad sin is. Imagine in the old testament when you had to take a baby lamb out of your flock and bring it all the way to the temple walking for miles and carrying it. Then sacrificing it. The thought makes me cringe.

But it coincides with the verse before: Jesus is the Bread of Life. So if God can do this for you, you can do this for Him, by releasing your sin of unforgiveness towards others, as well as forgiving yourself.

Now we can rejoice in that we are forgiven because we have forgiven!

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil:

Oh Hallelujah! Now we’ve been delivered from the evil trap that was set before us, the trap of unforgiveness! He’s already answering your Prayers!

For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever.

Oh, Happy days are here again! Who’s the kingdom? You are! Your God’s forever! You’re his kingdom and under the authority of His power, and Glory forever! Time to start saying Thank You Lord!

Amen, means: So be it.

Amen

He is "Jehovah-Tzidkenu"

"The Lord our Righteousness"

Blessing's

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