How We Should Pray

For my Dad in Heaven on Fathers Day

How We Should Pray

Jesus said to the people “when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

(Jesus offered this same prayer to his closest disciples and to the crowds that came to see him when he gave his sermon on the mount.  It was no way meant for one group but was meant as a perfect model of prayer for all.)

Jesus said to them “This is how you should pray”

Our Father Who Art In Heaven

Hallowed Be Thy Name

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Will Be Done

On Earth as it is in Heaven

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our sins as we forgive those that sin against us

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from the Evil one

For Thine is the Kingdom

And Thine is the Power

An Thine is the Glory

Forever and ever

Lets explore together this prayer taught to us by Jesus….

Prayers can be sung…here is the prayer in song
HowWeShouldPray by YesToForever

Our Father Who Art In Heaven

Our Father! God is no longer a distant LORD, an unknowable mystery, too sacred to utter His name. He is our loving Father, our eternal Daddy (Abba), and we are His children.

This first line of the prayer is perhaps the most powerful affirmation of who God is and who we are in relationship to God that is in the Bible.  It personalizes the truth that God is love, that God is the loving father who runs to us and throws his arms around us and kisses us when we return home shamed and broke spiritually from our adventures in rebellion.

This first line also tells us where Our Father is. Where is His Home – Heaven, His eternal abode and our homeland. We are his children and when we return home to Him we must go where He is.

Heaven is our home. Heaven is the place where Our Father lives. Yet we shall see that it is Heaven united with Earth is where Our Heavenly Father will establish His Final Kingdom….

Hallowed Be Thy Name.

The word hagaizo means to Sanctify, to put apart, to affirm as sacred and holy. We are to do that to Our Fathers Name.  But Church how lost are we that we do not know our own Fathers name?  Yet we should know it for He revealed it as His covenant name to Moses.  His most sacred name is YWYH.  The pronunciation that the English translators give is Jehovah.  However based on biblical research into the earliest biblical translations and ancient Hebrew the most likely pronunciation is Yahweh.

That is His Name. He told us it’s meaning – I AM THAT I AM – tell the people I AM (Yahweh) sent you.

Our Father is the Source of All Existence. He is Self Existent, He Is, He Was and He Will Be.  Our Father Has Always Lives and Will Always Live, He is Eternal Life Now.

That’s why we should know and Reverence His Name that He revealed to us. Because in His Name is the truth of Eternal Life.

Thy Kingdom Come

This is a call for God’s Eternal Kingdom, or as Jesus called it the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven, to come forth, to manifest, to establish itself.  Where? He will reveal it.

Thy Will Be Done

Why do we pray that God, the Almighty’s Will Be Done? For who can stop God’s will?

Ultimately no one can. But in our lives on Earth, personally and as a human race we are all about our own will’s not God’s. We live opposed to Gods will all day long and the results are devastating and evident in the suffering all around us and within our own souls.

Please hear in this line of the prayer the words of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane as he struggled with the reality of his coming sacrificial torture and death on the cross.  “But not my will but Thy Will Be Done” In doing God’s Will perfectly on Earth Jesus planted the see of the Kingdom of God on Earth.

On Earth As It Is In Heaven

God, Our Father’s Kingdom is already Manifest in Heaven where He sits upon the Throne of Glory, and Gods Will is done in Heaven through the angels who live there for the angels that rebelled are thrown down to Earth with their leader out of Heaven.

So we are to pray that the Kingdom and Will of God in Heaven Comes to Earth and is made Manifest, visible and triumphant overcoming all evil.

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Jesus said to Satan, a man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.  So our daily bread is not only our physical needs and food but also our spiritual needs and spiritual food.

Notice we are not asking for tomorrow’s bread or the next days. We are asking only for today’s in faith that day-by-day God will provide our needs.

And Forgive Us Our Sins as We Forgive those that Sin against Us.

What we need most is Gods forgiveness, His staggering grace in the face of our unbridled sin. Sin is missing the mark and we have terrible aim.  Yet how can we receive grace and mercy from God whom we have sinned against and refuse it to those who sin against us?  Shall we add hypocrisy to our list of sins?  This is a powerful active affirmation that we will forgive others… It does not say that we will think about forgiving others or try our best to forgive others, it says as we forgive those who have wronged us.

It does not say that Gods forgiveness is dependent on our forgiveness yet it ties them together as a chain of grace that extends from God to us and from us to all whom we know and live with.

Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Shall God lead us into temptation?  The Spirit called Jesus into the desert for 40 days. These were 40 days of purification and communion with His Father. It was at the end of that time that Satan tempted him. God did not lead Jesus to Satan. Satan found Jesus there.

However God does test us. He does not keep us completely locked up in a spiritual room. He grows us in contact with the world and all of its temptations.  That world is dark and full of temptations’ calling on our desires, lusts, pride, unbelief, and apathy…

But Deliver Us From Evil (or the Evil One)

In the end we cannot overcome temptation. We cannot help from going off the path and we fall into the traps of the Evil One. But our God is a Deliverer. Our Father rescues us from the one who would steal our lives, and our souls.

We need His protection, we need his deliverance, and we need His salvation.

God Saves – this is His Chosen Name for His Messiah, His Anointed One, Christ…Jesus, Yeshua means God Saves. Jesus is our means of deliverance. Through Him alone we have forgiveness, mercy and grace unlimited and without condition.

For Thine is the Kingdom and Thine is the Power and Thine is the Glory forever and ever.

These three affirmations rise like a crescendo of trumpets sounding our faith in our Father’s Eternal Glorious Reign on Heaven and Earth.

We started by bonding with our Dad and calling for Him to come from Heaven to live, rule and reign on Earth within and without us, then we asked Him to take care us, show him our gratitude for his forgiveness by forgiving others, asked for His deliverance and salvation, and finally shouting His omnipotence and glorious reign forever.

What a prayer! We didn’t ask for that Porsche and we didn’t ask for that raise but we covered all the ground that Jesus gave us to cover from Heaven to Earth, from God to our fellow human beings, from Evils clutches to eternal life in the Kingdom of God uniting Heaven and Earth.

Thanks Dad! I learned it from your Son.

 

Happy Father’s Day 2011

Bruce D. Campbell

YesToForever

 

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