The Lord’s Prayer

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Matthew 6:9-13

Notice how the prayer sequence comes full circle back to Praise.

  1. Praise – Hallowed be thy name.

  2. Priority – Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

  3. Provision – Give us this day our daily bread.

  4. Personal Relationships – And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

  5. Protection – And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

  6. Praise – For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Nathan Love (5)

Follower of Christ and a Student of the Bible

3 thoughts on “The Lord’s Prayer”

  1. True forgiveness: wanting the best for someone who has harmed you. No matter what they’ve done. Jesus said forgive, not degrees of forgiveness, forgive. Period. Then, after you forgive them, desire the best for them. No matter what they’ve done. This is exactly what HE does for us, HE forgives and then wants the best for us. Anything less and you’re fooling yourself and justifying the degrees that you, decide to forgive in. 

  2. Whenever I speak the Lord's prayer, the one line that comes blazing through for me every time is: "And forgive us our trespasses (debts) as we forgive those who trespass against us (our debtors)."  The Lord is literally telling us to anticipate the He should forgive us in the same way that we forgive……….or do not forgive………others.  In the same way!  That's pretty powerful and should hit us all right between the eyes when we speak it.  Lord, forgive us in the same way that we forgive.  Wow!  

    We need to daily examine how we go about forgiving others.  Do we forgive fully or do we forgive partially, holding back full forgiveness, just in case they hurt us again?  Scripture tells us "whatsoever we bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven and whatsoever we loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven."  I'm thinking I want to loose it on earth and not take the things of this earthly heart into His kingdom unless they are in alignment with His ways. 

    When we speak the Lord's prayer, we need to truly remember that we MUST forgive others in the same way that we would want to be forgiven.  Praise God that the Lord has not put on all of us that we should forgive in the same way He did.  I cannot imagine what He went through on that cross and I pray I will never have to.  But, His will be done and I pray that I would have the strength to see it through as He did.  I am so thankful for our Savior and for the opportunity He has given us to live in His glory.

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