THE MODEL PRAYER

“Our Father, who art in heaven.  Hallowed by Thy name.  Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.”      AMEN            Matthew 6:9-13

An interpretation for today by John L. Glosser

“Dear God, the Father of us all whose dwelling place is beyond our comprehension.
May your name be worshipped. 
Your Kingdom established. Your will accomplished here
among your people as they are among the heavenly host.
Give us what we really need today and forgive us when we hurt others, as we forgive those who have hurt us.
Lead us past the snares of temptation, and keep us free from evil’s grasp.
And this is the most important of all:  Your Kingdom, Your power and Your glory will exist through all eternity.  Amen”

We mistakenly call this Divine blueprint for prayer the Lord’s Prayer, but actually it is just a model, a pattern for prayer.  Christ did not give this prayer to be used in mere formal repetition but to become a standard, a guide for our praying.

The prayer begins by giving God His own and proper place.  Vs. 9-10 of Matthew 6
The first three petitions of the prayer are for the hallowing of God’s name, the coming of God’s Kingdom and the doing of God’s will.  Prayer is the attitude in which eyes and mind and heart are fixed on God.  It begins by putting, not us, but God at the center and in the heart of prayer.

The second part of the prayer brings the entirety of man’s life to God.  Vs. 11-13
We make three petitions which has to do with our present need (bread), our past sin (forgiveness), and our future welfare (help in temptation).

We must end as we began – by praising God. “Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen”   This closing is not found in the oldest of manuscripts.
Yet, we know that the purpose of the whole Christian life is to praise Him in all we do and say.

“More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.
Wherefore, let thy voice rise like a fountain for me night and day.
For what are men better than sheep or goats, that nourish a blind life within the brain?
If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer, both for themselves and those who call them friend.
For so the whole round earth is every way bound by gold chains about the feet of God.”
Alfred Tennyson

One Response to “THE MODEL PRAYER”

  1. God bless you and your ministry. We like it. Doc

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