The Lord's Prayer

Matthew 6:9-13 ESV

Pray then like this:
"Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil."

Most people in church, and a lot that are not in church, know this passage and prayer.

You could start reciting this passage, and most of the time people will recite it with you.

In the conservative churches I grew up in, there was fear of reciting this prayer. I was taught that we shouldn't just say the words of the prayer, as a ritual, but we should pray in the same manner. Because of that, I hardly ever heard the prayer recited in the churches I grew up in. Kinda weird. I think the deepest fear they had, is that they didn't want to be like other denominations. (Lutheran, Catholic, Methodist, etc.)

Their fear, in my opinion, deprived me of something special...something that has become very special to me in the last several years.

Jesus gave us the ultimate model of prayer. When you ponder each line of this prayer, your path will become more clear. There has been many times when I didn't know what to say to God, and whenever that has happened, I've simply recited this amazing prayer, and I always find my way to God.

Jesus said to "Pray then like this..."

When Jesus gives instruction, we are fools not to follow it.

So, ponder over this prayer. Recite in prayer, not just ritual.

It may be challenging. It may be convicting.

Take in each line. Take it to heart. Breath it out...

...and you will find your way to God.



Matt W. said...

I have to agree. A couple of years ago I started to see the wonder of this when I heard a John MacArthur series where he explained how the Lords Prayer is like a skeleton that we then flesh out as we pray, which really helped me, but even more, John Piper did a single message on it back in January of 2011 that was truly amazing, and it had helped me SO much in simply knowing how to pray. While I am sure that people can (and do) simply recite the words without giving any thought to the their meaning, that is no excuse for us to ignore the wonder of it, or fail to make use of it in our own prayers.

Gary Durbin said...

yes indeed.