Luke 11:1-4 and Matthew 6:9-13 teach us how to pray. The disciples had asked Jesus for this teaching. Jesus answered, “After this manner pray” (v. 9, KJV). Jesus gave us an outline to pray. There is power and instruction in it. There is an entrance into the very presence of God in it. Prayer can work miracles in your life. We need to be reminded that lack of power in our lives stems from the lack of prayer in our lives. Prayer not only develops a relationship with God, it releases the power of God’s grace.
OUR FATHER WHICH ART IN HEAVEN… In these words, we have the heart of the gospel. The gospel originates with God. “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son” for the redemption of the world (John 3:16-18). Ephesians 3:19-21 reminds us that we are to understand the wide range of God’s love and His ability to give whatever we ask or think. The whole plan of redemption began in Genesis 3:15 and that stream runs throughout every book in the Bible. Jesus gives us a focus in these first words. The Bible encourages us to enter into His courts with praise and thanksgiving and bless His name (Psalm 100:4).
HALLOWED BE THY NAME… This is talking about Jesus Christ. He is “the name” that people have sought for their salvation. In Genesis 4:26, when people knew that a judgment was coming, they also knew there was a Savior. “Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord” (KJV). Jesus’ name is wonderful. This is the name that Satan has tried to discredit all throughout human history. The word “hallowed” refers to sanctifying, to set something apart as holy. In the Old Testament, there are over twenty special names that refer to God. These names refer to God’s divine nature. They tells us what He is like, such as Jehovah-Nissi, “The Lord our Banner”; Jehovah-Rapha, “The Lord our Healer”; Jehovah-Jirah, “The Lord our Provider.” There is a name for every circumstance that we face.
THY KINGDOM COME… This is referring to the Holy Spirit. Many years ago I was reading the Lord’s prayer and the Spirit stopped me when I got to “Thy kingdom come.” I said, “Lord, there is something here you want me to see. ” He said, “Thy kingdom come” means, “My Spirit come upon you.” What a revelation. I searched high and low for confirmation and finally after about two years I found a book on the gospel of Luke that came from the Cambridge University in England. It said that the words “Thy kingdom come” read “The Holy Spirit come upon us and purify us” (also see St. Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa’s writings on the Lord’s Prayer). Jesus was referring to the Holy Spirit when He said, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32, KJV). The kingdom of God is in the Holy Spirit. “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Romans 14:17). The Holy Spirit wants to be part of our lives. Proverbs 8:2 speaks about the Holy Spirit coming to us when we are at a crossroads and do not know which way to go. He tells how He was with Jesus in creation; He tells how He was the daily delight of Jesus. His delights are to be with believers. When the Spirit is in our lives, God is in control.
THY WILL BE DONE IN EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN… The will of God is found in the whole Scriptures. What God wants to do is found in the Bible. It is His will to save the lost, and it is His will to heal the sick. It is His will that His gospel be preached with power in the entire world. God has already commanded us to do His will. Jesus did what He saw his Father doing. Jesus spoke what the Father spoke, and that’s to be our attitude as well.
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD… This is referring to the needs in our daily life, be it a needed word or finances or divine health. Whatever you “ask and think,” Paul said, “according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20, KJV). It’s the power of God, the power of the name of Jesus, the power of the Holy Spirit, and the power of God’s grace that must be working in us. We have a choice–we can live in fear that God can’t supply, or we can live by faith in God’s ability to supply our every need. Daily bread is for the spiritual man as well as for the physical man. God is a God of freshness. He doesn’t like leftovers or staleness.
AND FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS… This is referring to the forgiveness of sins, our faults and mishaps. “Without shedding of blood is no remission [forgiveness of sins]” (Hebrews 9:22, KJV). “[The gospel of Christ] is the power of God unto salvation” (Romans 1:16). John the Baptist and Jesus Christ preached repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Forgiveness heals the spirit. It brings health to the physical body, and it resurrects the fruit of the spirit in our lives. Forgiveness establishes peace in your heart. No one is perfect. Love covers a multitude of faults. Forgiveness is not optional. Jesus plainly states, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:14-15).
AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL… This is talking of Satan’s defeat. Spiritual warfare… No one can afford to be under Satan’s dominion any longer. There is a devil to cast out. There is a devil to keep under our feet. “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38). The Holy Spirit led Jesus to be tempted of the devil. Jesus overcame the devil by the word of God. Christians today face a lot of temptation. Those temptations can be overcome just as Jesus overcame. Temptations teach us spiritual warfare.
FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM AND THE POWER AND THE GLORY FOR EVER. AMEN… These are words we should never forget. Paul, in Ephesians 3:21 says, “Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” (KJV). This should be our daily confession. The kingdom belongs to Jesus.
Pastor George Belobaba
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