There is something to be said about the prayers we grew up with, including the Lord’s prayer. I know I posted on it earlier this month, but I want to draw your attention to Luke 11:2-4, this is when Jesus specially tells his disciples how to pray (and what he tells them afterwards)
He said to them, “When you pray, say:
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread.
4 Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”
So again first we are glorifying God, and asking for “daily bread” we are showing our dependence on Him.
The idea of “daily bread” can be traced back to the days when Israel was in the wilderness. While they depended on God for just what they needed each day, God kept sending them mana.
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'” Matthew 4:4
So when we pray this verse, we are acknowledging that God will supply our every need.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
The next part about forgiveness is us asking for forgiveness for the sins will commit as well as what we have committed. It is more than just a “saying that covers everything” but a declaration saying we understand the sacrifice Jesus made for us to forgive and are extending that same forgiveness to others.
For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. Matthew 7:2 (NLT)
Not only does this pertain to judging others but also forgiving others
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:15
“Lead us not into temptation” I’ve often wondered if God actually leads us into temptation, the bible doesn’t say that, instead it says how God will lead us away from temptation.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthian 10:13
So if God is working on our behalf (see Romans 8:31) do we still need to pray? YES.
The promises God gives us is through prayer. Again not about the words we speak, but the open heart we have. When we speak to God in prayer our goal is ultimately not our will, but God’s will and the words and posture of heart reflect that.
The Lord’s Prayer reflects the heart of Jesus:
- Praise “hallowed be thy name”
- God’s will “your kingdom come”
- Dependence on God “daily bread”
- Forgiveness “forgive us our sins”
- Dependence on God “lead us not into temptation”
When we pray we should strive to include any or all of these attributes. In another study I am doing the author said this statement that I challenge you to think about today.
“You are a spiritual being having a temporary physical experience on Earth rather than a physical being having a temporary spiritual experience.”
What does this statement mean to you? How does this statement relate to prayer?