Sometimes we just use our mouths to say words. That’s it. A lot of the time, we don’t examine, with a fine-toothed comb, what our words really mean, as well as the POWER behind them. So this entry is geared to help provide as much meaning and clarity behind each word of a prayer that we recite in church and to ourselves very often: “The Lord’s Prayer“.
“Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.”
We are addressing this prayer to God. The Heavenly Father belonging to each and every one of us, who lives and exists in Heaven. We are telling Him at the end of this sentence that we acknowledge the fact that His name is Holy, Blessed, and Sacred.
“Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”
In this second sentence, we are also stating our understanding that His Kingdom (Heaven), we shall surely see. With that, also comes the understanding that His Will will be done and acted out here on Earth, just as His Will is done in Heaven. As followers of Christ, it is imperative that we keep this line near and dear to us at all times to remind us that we need to live according to His Will; meaning as righteously as possible.
“Give us this day our daily bread.”
Now, this sentence right here – is VERY crucial!! We often tend to think that going to church once a week will suffice for our lives. Truth is though, that isn’t enough to sustain and anchor our spirit. On each day that we have breath, we should seek the Lord’s words that he so gladly and willingly offers to us through The Holy Bible. You know how one would give you an extremely insightful, inspirational, and mind-blowing quote or phrase, and afterwards would say “that was just some FOOD For Thought“? Well, the word of the Lord is exactly that! And what do we need to survive from day to day? FOOD! Bread is one of the most richest foods there is, in that it quickly fills you up! Receiving the Lord’s daily bread is the nourishment and sustenance that we need to flourish from day to day. Don’t be selfish with the 7 days of the week that he blesses you with. Refuse to dedicate to Him, only ONE.
“And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
So we know that our God is a forgiving God, right? When we sin, we know that we are forgiven by God, through repentance (all in great thanks and honor to His Son, The Holy One, Jesus Christ). He created us in His image (Genesis 1:27), right? If God can forgive us for the absolute worst sins and transgressions, then why would we not strive to be like Him, and forgive those who sin and do wrong against us? The term “as we” is very important here. At the same time that God can have the heart to forgive us for acting and talking horribly against Him; being disobedient, not living in His will, nor following His commands; we should be doing the very same for our family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers.
“And lead us not into temptation…“
Some people strongly feel as though the SIN is the problem. And this is indeed true. God hates sin. But the true culprit is the TEMPTATION. The TEMPTATION is what LEADS you to the SIN. We don’t need to pray: “…Lord, lead us not into sin” because the temptation is the real problem. It’s clear here that God isn’t even worried about the sin… but He’s concerned about the temptation. If we are not led into temptation, then we won’t have to worry about sinning. If we can conquer the temptation, then we HAVE conquered the sin. P4CM’s Pastor Justin said it best: “The enemy only shows you the tip of the corner of sin. Never the whole thing! Sin will always bargain with you. Temptation just dresses sin up until you can deal with it, or until it’s something that is manageable for you.” Then he goes on to say that, “…temptation is a lot like Burger King… You Can Have It Your Way”. You first fall into temptation thinking it ain’t all that bad, and then the next thing you know, you catch yourself saying… “how did I get here?”
“…but deliver us from evil.”
I know that we would consider ourselves FORTUNATE if we were able to stay out of harm’s way each and every day. Right here, we are asking the Lord to carry us away from evil, and everything that represents and is of evil. When you are delivered from something that is bad, you are deemed as FREE and LIBERATED! Continuously pray to stay out of the face and the path of evil.
“For thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, Forever. Amen.“
We close out the prayer by, again, acknowledging the King and His home where he dwells. We are stating that we know that the Kingdom belongs to Him and only Him. And not only the Kingdom, but also the authority and the Power which allows this prayer to even be answered, as well as the Glory, praise, and reverence that is due unto him… Now and Forever.
Written By: Michelle Phipps