Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
- Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)
My first experience with the Lord’s Prayer was reciting is as a little girl sitting in the pew at my grandparents’ church. I wouldn’t say I fully understood it, I just thought about it as a way of talking to God. While I can better understand the meaning of it now, I still view it in the same way: as a way of simply talking to God our Father. It’s not something that should be over-complicated by trying to make it sound super fancy or something. It’s so personal to each and every person.
What is the Lord’s Prayer and why do we say it?
Think of it as a conversation with God and a guide for your prayer life in general. You start off in worship of His name declaring that He is above any and all other names. He is the Creator, Encourager, Comforter, Peacemaker, Healer, Provider, Father, and Friend. You are praising Him for all that He is, what He does, and His promises to you.
His Kingdom is all around you as you are the Church. You are allowing God to work through you as you encounter the lost, broken, fatherless, widowed. You trust that His plan is better than your own and rely on His guidance to live out His will.
He knows your wants and needs or your “daily bread.” So trust in that today that He will provide what He knows you are in need of.
Ask for His forgiveness for your wrongdoings as you practice forgiveness for those who show any wrongdoings towards you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye.” Luke 6:41
Trust His leadership and guidance in staying on the path of righteousness and ask for protection against any evil that comes your way.
Praise Him as His kingdom is the power and the glory for today and the rest of forever.
What does the Lord’s Prayer teach us?
There are so many valuable, meaningful words to take from this prayer that are applicable to daily life. Worship, Praise, Trust, Forgiveness, Leadership, Guidance, and the power of His Name. I love how this prayer points out the fact that we are still human with the phrase “forgive us our trespasses,” recognizing that we will make mistakes along the journey.
1. Think about what you can praise God for in this moment.
2. Have a heartfelt conversation with Him about what’s on your heart, what you’re struggling with, what you’re thankful for. Continue to build that relationship and watch Him work miracles.
Heavenly Father, thank You for today. I am thankful to have the opportunity to freely speak to You, to come to You in times of joy and times of trouble. Today, I pray this prayer with the understanding that I have so much to praise You for. I ask that You guide me along this journey of faith and keep my eyes open to be the Church as I encounter those who need to hear Your message of hope. In Your name I pray, Amen.
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