The Word for today is found in Matthew 6:9-15
9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 14For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (KJV)
9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. 14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (NIV)
The Lord’s Prayer was never meant to be anything but a template for how to pray. We have taken it where God did not intend. We have made it into a religious ritual that we say without really putting any faith or real understanding behind it.
Verse 9 tells us that we should always begin acknowledging the holiness of God, and that he is the one and only God. His name is to be honored here as it is in heaven. Worship is the best way to enter into the presence of God. Don’t just rush in to state your needs and then give him but a second of your time.
Verse 10 says that we should pray God’s will here on earth just as it is in heaven.
Is there lack in heaven financially? Is their sickness in heaven? Is Satan not defeated in heaven? Is it not God’s will in heaven for all to be saved?
The kingdom of God came to earth at the day of Pentecost and God wants us to live as such.
Too many people are waiting for God’s kingdom to come when it has already come.
We just need to use the authority given to us in the name of Jesus and walk in it.
Tune in tomorrow and I will continue with verses 11 -13.
Love in Christ, Pastor Louise