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I would like to share a few thoughts on the Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6. There’s more here than we can put in one devotional, so we’ll have to break it up in segments. At least one more, maybe two or three.
Matthew 6:9 ¶ After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
The Lord’s disciples came to Him and said, “Lord teach us to pray the way that John taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1). They had seen Jesus pray and had observed the close communion that He had with His Father. They didn’t want dead formality and ritual. They wanted to be able to touch heaven just as He did. They wanted the same live connection that Jesus had. So, Jesus gave them and us an outline of how we should pray.
Our Father which art in heaven
When we say, Our Father,we are acknowledging our position compared to His. He is the Father, we are the children. He is the Master, we are the servant. He is infinite, we are finite. He is our head and our sovereign who is omnipotent, all seeing, all knowing and everywhere present throughout His whole creation. Being our Father we depend on Him and we also recognize that we have an inheritance in Him, because we are His sons and daughters.
He dwells in heaven, He is the high and lofty one who inhabits eternity - but he is pleased to dwell with us who have a humble and contrite heart.
Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
His ways are not our ways, nor His thoughts our thoughts. He said that His thoughts and ways are higher than ours just as the heavens are higher than the earth (Isaiah 55:9).
Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Well, it’s 93,000,000 miles to the sun and that’s just the beginning of the heavens. Somebody has said that we are just a speck on a speck in the great universe that our God created.
The Psalmist reflecting upon God’s great creation, asked the question in Psalms 8:4, “What is man that you are mindful of him? He said, “When I consider the heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which tho hast ordained, “What is man that thou art mindful of him or the son of man that thou visitest him?” Well He is ever mindful of us and He did visit us in the person of Christ Jesus and we are ever grateful for it.
Hallowed be thy name:
God’s name is Holy. His name denotes all that He is, has been or will become. He is Jehovah-Jireh our provider and we know that He revealed Himself to us by other compound names. When the angel announced the birth of our Lord, He said His name will be called Jesus - or Jehovah Savior who would save His people from there sins (Luke 1:31). The apostle reminds us in Acts 4:12 that there is no their name given under heaven, whereby men may be saved. Paul tells us that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that the name of Jesus is above every name and tht He is Lord of all (Philippians 2:9-11).
He is the I AM, the self existent One who spoke to Moses out of the bush and said I Am the I Am and this will be my name forever and my memorial to all generations (Exodus 3:15).
Jesus claimed that name and said, I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6), the door (John 10:7), the living bread of heaven (John 6:51). He topped off the list in Revelation 1:8 by saying I Am.....the Almighty.
Thy Kingdom Come
God’s kingdom is in the hearts of believers (Luke 17;21), it is the most powerful kingdom on earth, yet it has no guns, no tanks and no bombs (John 18:36). It is a kingdom of righteousness joy and peace in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17). Psalms 2 tells us that the kings of the earth are united against the kingdom of our Lord and His Christ and that they seek to destroy it. The Lord simply laughs at their effort and reminds us that He has set His king (Jesus) to reign over His kingdom .
We’ve seen enough of the kingdoms of this world to know that things will never change until the Lord Jesus reigns as King over all the earth (Zechariah 14:9).
When He reigns, satan will have been bound, sin will no longer have dominion, peace will dominate to the point that the wolf will lay down by the lamb and a little child will lead them about.
Isaiah 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
I’m reminded of the song: What Day That Will Be.
What a day that will be - When my Jesus I will see
When I look upon His face- The One who saved me by His grace
And forever I will be - With the One who died for me
What a Day, Glorious Day that will be
We will continue next week with: Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.
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