The Lords 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.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory,
for ever and ever.
As a youth, I remember saying this prayer weekly…I always liked this part in church because we would hold hands as we said it, and then after, shake hands/hug those around us and say “Peace be with you.” It was my favorite part of church, outside of the singing. I have to admit however, that this prayer was more of a memorized speech than sacred and touching words…it wasn’t so much a plea to God to help me actually do these things, but rather a bunch of lines in a particular order that I could repeat without even thinking about it…I was missing the point big time and now as an adult, this prayer has so much more meaning and importance than ever before. To me, when I say this poem, I am literally talking/asking God to remind me that it isn’t about what I want, but his will for me…to help me stay grounded in what is good and not get caught up in evil or wrong doings…
**Here is a breakdown that I found that helps explain it line by line…I like it and hope that when/if you pray this prayer that it is filled with meaning and conviction…
“Our Father” – God wants us to approach Him as “Daddy” (Aramaic: Abba). Jesus takes care of us and protects us. God desires intimacy. Remember, He has infinite love and grace. Jesus wants us to be secure in His family as adopted children and heirs.
“Which Art in Heaven” — Look up to God. Fear Him and revere Him. He is all-powerful and can deal with all our problems, even the big ones. But He loves us so much that He doesn’t stay up there.
“Hallowed be Thy Name” — Holy, holy, holy. Approach Jesus with awe and wonder. Save the word “awesome” for God. Live a life that honors Him.
“Thy Kingdom Come” – “Take this job and love it!” The best job in the world is working for the Lord. Bloom where you’re planted. Do everything as unto the Lord. Find your gifts and use them. Be open to what Jesus has for you.
“Thy Will Be Done” – Jesus Christ is the potter; we are the clay. Jesus keeps us spinning on His potter’s wheel, shaping and reshaping us as He bathes our lives in tears to make us more Christ-like so He can use us for His will. Surrender daily. Keep your clay moist through daily prayer.
“On Earth as it is in Heaven” — Thy will be done – not my will be done!
“Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” – Trust! Jesus will provide for our needs. His eye is on the sparrow and I know He cares for me.
“Forgive Us Our Debts as We Forgive Our Debtors” — Forgiveness = Surrender. Don’t carry your own luggage – surrender it to Him. Revealing the feeling is the beginning of healing. Act as if you have forgiven and the feeling will follow. In our weakness, God sends His strength and peace.
“Lead Us Not Into Temptation” – Watch for unrecognized temptation. Pray, so you won’t fall. We are tempted every day. It deepens our walk and strengthens our faith – but be careful of spiritual blindness. Open my eyes, Lord, to my blind spots – use honest friends and family.
“Deliver Us From Evil” — The Evil One, Satan. We are saved from death to life. Jesus is more powerful than Satan – God is greater!
“For Thine Is the Kingdom (obedience), and the Power (confidence) and the Glory (joy),Forever” — This is our Father’s world. Everything we have is His. He is the ruler!
Peace and Love Friends, may this week be filled with meaning, good intentions and Love…