Posts Tagged ‘Lord’s prayer’

 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Matthew 6:6 NKJV

Many of us grew up saying a set prayer. For example, the Lord’s Prayer, which is also found in Matthew 6. When asked how to pray, Jesus answered his disciples:

 In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father 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 forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
[d]For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen (vs. 8-12 NKJV- some texts eliminate 13).

And, so we have…for centuries. We teach it to our children. We say it together in church. Some of us are taught to say it daily.  It has become rote, something that rolls off our tongue the same as the alphabet song or the times table. 1×1 is 2, 2×2 is 4,etc.

A guest preacher a few weeks ago asked if we we truly believed what we prayed in the Lord’s Prayer. He spoke of the daily bread given to the Hebrews in the wilderness- the manna in Exodus 16. But his words pierced my soul.

As we turned to Matthew 6,  verse seven jumped off the page at me… And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words (emphasis mine). Is that what the Lord’s Prayer had become in my life? 

equilibrist-1831016_640Leaving my stressful job to become a freelance writer and editor, I knew in my heart that God would provide because I felt certain this was in His will for me. It was a matter of getting my brain on board. So I prayed. “God, I truly claim that you will give me my daily bread.” And that meant somehow, some way He would provide the exact amount I needed each month to get by, i.e. pay rent, have food, pay my utilties, and tithe. The basics. 

Last month, He did so in various ways – right up to the penny. This month, the amount came as a gift in the mail from someone who has been touched by my writing. She explained she sent it in obedience to what God lay on her heart. Again, the exact amount. She needed to give it as much as I needed to receive it.  Double blessing. God works that way.

What in the Lord’s Prayer do you need to claim as affirmation.  Is it daily bread, forgiveness, deliverance, or that God is in control forever? That His will will be done, that it will be on earth?

Whatever it is, pray that in the Lord’s Prayer. Really pray it, down to your toenails. Then claim it and see how God responds. Pray it in private, then see what He does in the open as a testimony to not only you but others.

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My youth minister gave an amazing sermon on the Lord’s Prayer.

Sure, you have probably heard tons of them as you’ve sat in the pews over your life. But this had a different spin on it.

He said the Lord’s Prayer was a very bold concept. Before Jesus, people prayed through the HIgh Priest who, because he was from the appointed tribe of Levi, was qualified to speak with God in the Holy of Holies.

Here, Jesus tells his followers they can demand things of God – directly.  Can you hear them mumbling, “What servant has the right to make demands of his master, or a child his parent?”

What do we demand in the Lord’s Prayer?

1. For God to make His kingdom come to pass on earth.

2. For our daily needs to be met.

3. To be forgiven for our sins.

4. To be protected from temptation.

We demand this from the omnipotent God we know is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever.


It gave me the image of a child busting into the boardroom and demanding his CEO dad’s dollar for the soda machine.  Or a judge’s child clanking down the aisles of the crowded courtroom in the middle of a lengthy case with a hurt finger wanting dad to kiss it.  Or a president’s child interrupting the State of the Union address for a hug.

Pretty bold-

and pretty loving and caring of God to let us wee ones crawl towards His throne and onto His lap.

But, he does, each and every time. “Stop the universe. My child, that I love, needs me.”

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