|The Our Father Prayer|
|Our Father who 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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us
Lead us not into temption
But deliver us from evil. Amen
|Well, let me ask you this question in all honesty. When was the last time you prayed this prayer? I know what you are thinking. So let me ask you this question, "why not??" Ok now do this, pray this prayer again, but this time slowly, thinking about what you are saying.|
|This prayer should be prayed daily, if not more then once per day. Why? Because we praise the Lord, we ask for His help, pray for others and we also ask for deliverance and protection. This little prayer; so simple, yet is so powerful and many times when prayed, it is whipped through, without thinking what you are saying or asking for. Like it is a race to finish it. This is WRONG. So lets take a look at what we are even praying and break down each beautiful line in the awesome prayer that Jesus told us to pray daily and know what we are praying for.|
| ~ Our Father who art in heaven
He is not just my Father or your Father, even though there are many different christian faiths in the world, he is OUR Father. Yours, mine, your neighbour, third world countries and yes, even the people you hate. He is also Our Father for all those who lived before us and for those after us; no exceptions. The Father is in heaven, which is what our goal is, 'to finish the race' as Paul says. This world isn't our home, heaven is. So the race we are running is to finish it so that we can be with OUR Father in heaven and be free from our human nature which is a slavery to sin.
| ~ Hallowed be thy name
So what does hallowed mean? It means holy, but much more then that. It means "set apart from all others" regarded as sacred, consecrated. We are all called to be holy, are we not?, but we are not hallowed. But if we share with Christ, then we too will be set apart and made holy and be His consecrated people.
But in the prayer, we say 'hallowed be thy name"; thy means 'your'. So what we are saying is that the Father's name is holy and we should regard it as such. We honor Him by calling Him holy.
| ~ Thy Kingdom come
Whose kingdom? The Father's Kingdom. So what we are praying for is heaven to come on this earth, for today, now and also that in the future when all sin and sorrow will be gone. We can also have heaven on earth, right now, this minute as we sit in front of our computers. We should be praying for this, so that heaven is just not a far off thing, but we can have it now.Yes, we still have sin in our world (always will as long as we are in these bodies). yes we have our problems and hurts; so we won't have the complete heaven on earth but we can have a part of it. For me, I want it here on earth. So we should be asking for this, so that we will surround ourselves with holiness, so that we don't forget who we are and that we need the Lord cause without Him, we will fall.
| ~ Thy will be done
Otherwords, 'Father we are praying that YOUR will be done, not ours, but yours. This is a daily prayer. Each day we have to surrender our will to God many times throughout the day cause our human nature (which is inclined to sin) is weak and we become selfish, greedy and self centered. We should pray "thy will be done", not just now and then, but be always on our lips, in our minds and in our hearts with every situation.
| ~ On earth as it is in heaven
God's will is being done in heaven and it is also being done here on earth, so that heaven and earth are united. The people who have gone to heaven before us, are up there praising God, but also praying for us too so that we may be in heaven also with them. Just because our friends and relatives have died, they do NOT stop caring for their loved ones still on earth. We must be always trying to do God's will no matter how we "feel". Yes, we are going to fail and fall; yes, many times it won's seem fair; yes, we will think we can't go on, but we can, we can repent and keep going on with the Lord's love, mercy, grace, compassion and healing.
For the high priest we have is not incapable of feeling our weaknesses with us, but has been put to the test in exactly the same way as ourselves, apart from sin. Let us then have no fear in approaching the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace when we are in need of help.
|No one promised that when you become a christian that you won't struggle anymore. Infact, the Lord says the exact opposite to us. Our eyes must always be kept on the Lord and we must be always praying for what God's will is for/in our life.|
Enter by the narrow gate, since the road that leads to destruction is wide and spacious and many take it; but it is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life and only a few find it.
| ~ Give us this day, our daily bread
When we pray "give us this day", we are asking for today, this minute, this hour, this day; for tomorrow has enough worries of its own. We shouldn't worry about tomorrow. That doesn't mean you don't plan for the future, what it means is you don't become obsessed about what "might" happen. We can not live our lives on "what ifs, maybes or could be". To live your life that way will drive you crazy and your eyes will not be on Jesus which is not good.
What is bread? What do you think we are asking for here? We are asking for a few things, our basic needs to survive and help so that we may follow Jesus in His footsteps and be Christ-like. We need his word. We need his life in us. We need Jesus in us. He is our bread. In the book of Exodus 16:1-36, manna reigned down from heaven like dew and the people could eat. This was the precursor for Christ.
I am the bread of life, your fathers ate manna in the desert and they are dead; but this is the bread which comes down from heaven, so that a person may eat it and not die. I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh for the life of the world.
Then the Jews started arguing among themselves, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
Jesus replied to them: In all truth I tell you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life and I shall raise that person up on the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in that person. As the living Father sent me and I draw life from the Father, so whoever eats me will also draw life from me. This is the bread which has come down from heaven; it is not like the bread our ancestors ate, they are dead, but anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.
This is what he taught at Capernaum in the synagogue. After hearing it, many of his followers said, "This is intolerable language. How could anyone accept it?" Jesus was aware that his followers were complaining about it and said, "Does this disturb you? What if you should see the Son of man ascend to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh has nothing to offer. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe."
For Jesus knew from the outset who did not believe and who was to betray him. He went on, "This is why I told you that no one could come to me except by the gift of the Father." After this, many of his disciples went away and accompanied him no more. Then Jesus said to the twelve, "What about you, do you want to go away too?"
|Jesus could of said afterwords, just when many of his disciples were leaving, 'Wait, I didn't mean that literally, but symbolically, don't go, come back.' But he DIDN'T. Instead he asked the ones that stayed if they were going to leave also. Will you leave too?|
| ~ Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us
Now here is a loaded sentence. Did you ever really think of what you are saying? There is a key word in this and it is the word "as". This is very important because if we are not open to forgiving our neighbour but we want God to forgive us, there is a problem. Think on the passage where the man who owed another man much money and one took pity on the other and forgave his debt. Now this man that was forgiven went out and money was owed to him and he demanded this money from the other. The other man begged for forgiveness and more time but the man that was forgiven, didn't forgive him or give him more time. The master got word about this man he forgave and heard what he had done. He got that servant and spoke to him, saying 'You wicked servant, mercy was shown to you and you couldn't even show it to your neighbour when alot less was owed to you." So, he was thrown in jail till his debt was paid in full. (paraphrasing) If we remove the word "as" and put the word "and" instead, we are saying that I don't have to be Christ-like, I don't have to forgive, I can ask for forgiveness for me but I don't have to forgive if I don't want to. But this isn't true cause, we in reality, are closed to God's forgiveness if we can't forgive others and our sins won't be forgiven if we don't forgive others. We will be forgiven AS we forgive others. What we reap is what we sow. Now you can see what I mean when I said "as" is the key word. Now we have asked for forgiveness and hopefully we forgive and if we are having a hard time to forgive, we need to ask for help so that we can forgive others. We need that grace; again, that is our daily bread, God's grace.
| ~ And lead us not into temptation
Temptation; eeekkkk, but it is always around us and we can't seem to escape it but we can pray that the Lord will lead us away from it, so that when temptation does come: and it will, we will be strong enough to say no to it. If we were left on our own, we would surely fall, that is why we all deserve hell, but it is through God's grace, that we can pray to be lead away from it and not be tempted. We need the Lord. Temptation may not be as hard to resist if we keep asking for our daily bread . . . strength, mercy, courage, grace, help. This also includes for us to pay attention to our thoughts, to spend time with the Lord, speak to Him sharing everything; otherwords, we must have a personal relationship with Him.
| ~ Deliver us from evil, amen
Well this one is pretty much self explanatory, almost. We all want to be delivered from evil, even the satanists would (most) if they weren't so blinded by the evil.
They came to land in the territory of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. He was stepping ashore when a man from the city who as possessed by devils came towards him; for a long time the man had been living with no clothes on, not in a house, but in the tombs.
Catching sight of Jesus he gave a shout, fell at his feet and cried out at the top of his voice, 'What do you want with me, Jesus, son of the Most High God? I implore you, do not torture me.' For Jesus had been telling the unclean spirt to come out of the man. It had seized on him a great many times, and then they used to secure him with chains and fetters to restrain him, but he would always break the fastenings, and the devil would drive him out in the wilds. Jesus asked him, 'What is your name?' He said, 'Legion" - because many devils had gone into him. And these begged him not to order them to depart into the Abyss.
Now there was a large herd of pigs feeding there on the mountain, and the devils begged him to let them go into these. So he gave them leave. The devils came out of the man and went into the pigs, and the heard charged down the cliff into the lake and was drowned.
| Now just think about this, even the demons didn't want to go to hell, do you really think the satanists would if they really knew the truth?
The pigs didn't want the demons in them and they ALL went off the cliff and drowned. So if the demons don't want to go back to hell and the animals didn't want the demons in them, we should be praying this prayer a thousand times a day. It has to be absolutely terrifying there. We also have to remember that earth isn't our home and that life here on earth is only a small part of us. It is very temporary and very short.
But I say this to you who are listening; love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who cure you, pray for those who treat you badly.
|So now that you know this, what do you think you should be doing concerning this prayer? The Apostles asked Jesus to teach them to pray and He taught them this prayer, are we any better then them? If they are told to pray it daily, so should all of us with no exceptions. When you prayer it, think about what you are praying and asking as you say each line and don't race through it. Pray this prayer daily so that each day you will thank the Lord and ask for His help for yourself and others. He gave us this prayer, not just for the fun of it. Pray it fervently, often and daily. This is what Christ intented for us.|
|Praise and thank Jesus for this gift of how to pray.
written by skittles
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