Powerful Prayer Devotional – The Lord’s Prayer
On Tuesday we heard about Powerful Prayer Devotional – Deeper Conversations With God in the Devotional. Today, we look closer at what the Lord’s Prayer means in Powerful Prayer Devotional – The Lord’s Prayer. This is located in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:1-4. I am sure all of us have at least heard it before if not memorized it. Let’s look at both Matthew and Luke.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
but deliver us from the evil one.[b]’
Jesus’ Teaching on Prayer
11 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
2 He said to them, “When you pray, say:
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.[b]
3 Give us each day our daily bread.
4 Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.[c]
And lead us not into temptation.[d]’”
God’s Word on Prayer
Jesus’ teaching on how to pray in these two parts of Scripture is well known and frequently taught from childhood and to new Christians. It is the very soul of what we should pray for when we pray. When we use this prayer, we are to think of Jesus being present with us and teaching us how to pray, to our Father, God.
As we pray “Our Father in heaven,” we are to consider God, our Father there with us.
While we say, “hallowed be your name,” we speak these words with reverence and respect for God’s holiness and righteousness.
“Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.” As we pray this sentence, it should excite us because it is God’s will that Heaven be here on earth with us now, today and every day and that His will be done.
“Give us today our daily bread.” This tells us that God provides for us every day our DAILY provision, not monthly or yearly, but daily. We are not to worry about our provision.
“And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.” This is another way of saying to God, “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.” God is a forgiving God and in return He wants us to learn to forgive as well whether those who wrong us ask for forgiveness or not.
“And lead us not into temptation (or sin)
but deliver us from the evil one (or Satan).” These last lines remind us that we face this daily and we are to ask for God’s help not to be led into the snares of the devil. As long as we keep God in the midst of our lives He will always protect us.
“For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory, now and forever. Amen.” This line was added by some later versions of the Lord’s Prayer also called the Our Father.
Also, one thing I add to this discussion of the meaning of The Lord’s Prayer is to use some silent meditation after your prayer. Remember that prayer in communion with God. You speak with Him through your prayers, then He speaks with you through the Holy Spirit.
Growing in Prayer
1.Continue your prayer time daily praying for 30-60 minutes depending on your prayer needs. You may want to pray twice a day at this point on some days. Use Holy Spirit Baptism and pray in tongues at least part of the time. Try using The Lord’s Prayer as a variation in praying.
2. Spend time talking to the Holy Spirit during prayer using your own voice and praying in tongues. Then just listen for a period of time to see if you can hear the Holy Spirit speaking back to you. Practice this daily.
3.Continue to include others in your prayers. I set aside the first half of my prayer time for my needs (including confession, prayer needs for myself, conversation, quiet time, praise, protection) and the second half prayer for others’ needs or requests.
4.Anyone joining this devotional late, I suggest that you start with the beginning post given on 7/5/16 and continue chronologically since each post builds on the next post.
Holy Father and Jesus,
Tonight I thank You for your teaching about the deeper meaning of The Lord’s Prayer and the review of Jesus’ teachings in Matthew and Luke. Thank you for the different ways that You have given us to pray to You. Thank You for the Holy Spirit and His friendship and advocacy to us. Thank you for always being ready to listen to us. Thank You for Your Word that teaches us Biblically the basis for Holy Spirit, Baptism of the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, and having a deeper relationship with you. Thank You for being Holy and Righteous. Please give our hearts a desire to know You more deeply. Let the Holy Spirit remind us to read, study, and meditate on Your Word daily. May we all pray continuously for world revival. May we bless You as You bless us, Lord.
In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen.
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