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We often pray the Lord's Prayer but what does it really mean?

Teach Me How to Pray

THE LORD'S PRAYER

Pastor T. P. Lane

Matt.6:9-13 - ...Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name. (10) Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as [it is] in heaven. (11) Give us this day our daily bread. (12) And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. (13) 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.

Our Father which art in heaven - God in heaven is our spiritual Father. He is our heavenly Father.  This starts with showing relationship.  We must have a relationship with our heavenly Father.  We can go to him with all our needs, all our issues and all our concerns.  He listens with an attentive ear.

Matt.23:6 - And call no [man] your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which art in heaven.

Hallowed by thy name - Holy or sacred is thy name. We must honor God for who He is.  We must reverence Him and respect that He is all powerful, all knowing, all righteous, the one and only true living God.

Is.6:3 - ...Holy, holy, holy, [is] the LORD of hosts: the whole earth [is] full of his glory.

Thy kingdom come - God will send Jesus back to earth again to set up his kingdom and grant us eternal life. We are also asking that God’s kingdom surround us in our daily life.

Thy will be done on earth as [it is] in heaven - That is we will do here on earth as is done in heaven. We pray these words asking for God’s grace to move us to do His will throughout our life. That means doing all the things that will please our Father — even the difficult things, whether it’s something big  or small.

Give us this day our daily bread -

John 6:35 - And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

This is not referring to food and beverage for our stomach, but for our mind and our soul. It is referring to studying the scriptures of the Bible on a daily basis, and if we seek the word of the Lord daily, he will feed us with understanding of His word, and if we believe His word and follow the commandments--we will never thirst, God will not keep from you the knowledge, or meaning of his word

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us - This is a tough one. It may be easy for us to ask God to forgive us our “trespasses” or sins, but God in his infinite wisdom teaches us that for Him to forgive our wrongdoings, we must first forgive those who’ve hurt us. God isn’t being difficult, rather He’s teaching us that when there is bitterness and anger in our hearts, there’s no room for His love to fill our hearts.

Matt.6:14-15 - For if ye forgive men (people) their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: (15) But if ye forgive not men (people) their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

And lead us not into temptation - Temptation and sin go hand in hand. When we come face to face with temptation, it can sometimes be difficult to resist. That’s why we need our Father to set up the road blocks and lead us far from the path of temptation

Matt.26:41 - Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak.

but deliver us from evil: - Evil is an unfortunate reality in our world. The devil is always trying to tempt us and makes it his full-time job to look for ways to steer us from the right path and onto the wrong one. The devil has no power over God and when we pray to God for protection against all that is evil, He will shield us — always.

John 17:15 - I (Jesus) pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from evil.

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

For God's kingdom is ours, with all its power and great glory, if we follow God's commandments now. Amen.


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