October 17, 2018 – Matthew 6:9-10

In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.   Matthew 6:9-10.

The disciples of Jesus asked Him to teach them how to pray.  Jesus prayed often to His Father.  In the prayer, we have come to call the Lord’s Prayer, we find Our Father is not just His Father.  Relational term Our means Father God is Our Father, too.  And through Jesus we have brothers and sisters.    

Hallowed means consecrated, set apart, holy, and blessed.  Our Father God’s name is Holy. This prayer denotes God’s Will is to be our will on earth, as it is in heaven.  It is not our will, but our will is to be shaped to Kingdom thinking on this earth.

We ask for food for sustenance to live, day by day.  Coupled with our daily bread, is a  plea forgiveness.  We cannot expect forgiveness from our Father, without forgiving others.  Forgiveness is a daily on-going need just as food is. “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.”  Matthew 6:14.

Prayer is seeking and asking for God’s will.  He will deliver us from the evil one.  Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and ever. “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7.   “Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee!  How great Thou art!”

Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.  And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.   Matthew 6:11-13.