Prayer how to::part 3{day #17}

ok, so maybe today we should finally start talking about the parts of the Lord’s Prayer. first of all, remember what  i said yesterday: i am not a theologian so I do not claim to know that much… but i’ll share what i do understand and hopefully that will encourage you to do some research and see what else you can find!
the first part of the prayer is a praise:

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.”

we are saying who God is to us. we are saying that He is greater and holier than us. We are praising Him as greater than everything. we are stating that HE IS GOD and WE ARE NOT! it’s kinda silly to say it like that, but don’t we all think we’re in charge of our own universe? we put ourselves in the place of God. so, reverence for HIS name seems to me like a good way to start when you’re talking to the creator of the universe. 😉

Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

here, to me, we’re asking God to come. we are recognizing that our will is not good enough. we are recognizing that Gods kingdom is the perfect one and this world will not last. we are asking for God’s will to be done- not ours. we are asking for God to reign over our world on earth, our tiny little lives, as He reigns in heaven in all His might. this seems HUGE. and humbling because we’re not trying to be our own god ourselves by asking for our will to be done… nope- we are stating that we’d rather trust in Gods perfect will than our own. that’s scary. so often we think we know what’s best for our lives, but here we are asking for God’s best will in our lives.

Give us this day our daily bread,

now we are asking God for our needs. and really, what is our basic need? to be provided for. our daily bread. it can mean literally and spiritually. God knows what we need to survive. we need HIM and we need our basic things like food. ha. He always provides. this is a prayer for trust, really, because when we say, “this day” we’re asking for TODAY. not for tomorrow. we’re asking that he provide for our needs TODAY. and we’re trusting that He is going to give us everything we need. this is really convicting to me because i’m a huge worrier. i’m always worried about tomorrow. this is teaching us to only ask for what we need today-because God’s got tomorrow already in His hands. all i need to do is ask for God’s spirit to feed me today because He will provide.

and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.

this one is hard. how often do we actually expect this? what we’re saying here is, ‘Lord, forgive me like i’ve forgiven those who’ve sinned against me’ …um… i don’t know about you, but i’m not very good at the forgiving others part.  if what i’m saying here is, Lord, forgive me like i’ve forgiven my husband, then i’m not asking for much. say, as an example, that i haven’t forgiven him for everything, that i’m still holding onto something. then i’m asking God to forgive me like that? yikes. we’ll talk more about this tomorrow, i think. our sins ARE forgiven by the blood of Christ, no doubt about that. but there is a call that since we’ve been forgiven for everything, to forgive others like Christ forgave us…which means we forgive everything. yikes.

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

as far as i can tell, this is a request that God would keep us from temptation in order to protect us from sin. temptation is not a sin. Jesus was tempted in the desert for 40 days and yet the bible says, He was perfect, He never sinned. so this prayer, i think, is asking for God to protect us. we, of course, will face temptation in our lives, but this request is asking that God protect us with His loving hands from things that are too big for us at the moment. we are asking that He would deliver us from evil. either evil that is going in our lives right now, in the world, or in the future. we all face evil, and we are giving Him the authority to protect and deliver us, asking that He be God in our lives. putting into the perspective that we can’t deliver ourselves from evil or temptation, we NEED HIM.

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phew. that was a whirl wind and most likely a not very good explanation of the Lord’s prayer. i’m humbled that i don’t know it and understand it as well as i want to. but now, maybe we can all take the time to really research and dig deep into what these words mean!

join me on our knees, friends.

xo-kimberly renee.

{this is day 17 of 31 days of prayer, thanks for being here! click here to see the other prayer posts.}

 

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