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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Reflections on The Lord's Prayer

Luke 11:2-4
"And he said to them, 'When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.'"

To wrap by brain around this prayer I broke it into 7 parts and looked at what each phrase acknowledges about God and us. I was blown away by the implications and depth of each part of this prayer. It is short, but Jesus had a lot to say when giving it to us. He didn't speak it lightly, or flippantly come up with the words. They were all chosen with care and purpose. So without further ado, what God revealed to me about this short prayer...
1. "Father,"
     - acknowledges God's authority
     - shows our sonship/inheritance/adoption/closeness

2. "hallowed be your name."
     - acknowledges God's holiness/power/perfection/honor/supremacy
     - reveals our need for respect/reverence/to keep God sacred

3. "Your kingdom come."
     - acknowledges God's reign/eternity/control/power
     - shows His complex plans for everything/omniscience

4. "Give us each day our daily bread,"
     - acknowledges God's provision/care/contant love
     - shows His consistency and willingness to give us what we need everyday

5. "and forgive us our sins,"
     - acknowledges God's mercy/grace/love/patience
     - shows we are chosen and set apart

6. "for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us."
     - acknowledges God's teaching/patience/challenges/heart for us
     - shows our sanctification/duty/necessity

7. "And lead us not into temptation."
     - acknowledges God's protection/love/power
     - shows our flesh/weakness/desires/need

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