Matthew 6:9-13 – “‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10′ Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. 11’ Give us this day our daily bread. 12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]” NASU
There are no valueless passages in the Bible, in my humble opinion. There are, however, some that are so powerful and impact the individual on every level of life in such a dynamic fashion that they rise to the surface as literally the “cream of the crop.” This is one of those passages. Realizing that you could write an entire book on this passage and many have, I will address it with much brevity.
Let’s take it a bite at a time and digest what it is saying:
- Our Father who is in heaven… The reverence to and the loftiness of the one being spoken of cannot be missed. This is not just anyone it is JEHOVAH GOD that is being spoken of. This is the Creator of the Universe. This is the one who holds the worlds in the span of His hand. This is the giver and sustainer of life. This is GOD!
- Hallowed be Your name… A direct reference to the sacredness of the very name of God and His worthiness to be worshipped by all creation. Wherever this is leading the foundation being laid is one that is unshakable and impenetrable by forces of destruction.
- Your kingdom come… This is a bowing down and an assertion of allegiance to His rule and reign and His right to do so.
- Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven… A further acknowledgment of submission to and desire for the Will & Purposes of God to be carried out in every life on earth as it is by every life in heaven. Perfect harmony with the Mind of God is the stated and established goal and desire.
- Give us this day our daily bread… The first request and it is for provision but not just provision in the natural but in every aspect and dimension of life. Jesus said that man could not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeded from the mouth of God so we know it is more than just natural food it is spiritual as well.
- And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors… An acknowledgment that we have come short and are indebted to the Grace & Mercy of God. Our sins have come before us and we are aware of them and we recognize that although we may have been wronged by others if we desire to receive pardon we must be willing to extend it fully and freely.
- And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil… This is not a suggestion that God would actually lead us into sin but an acknowledgment that without His help we would never be able to resist and overcome temptation and evil. We would, in our human frailness, fall prey to the wiles of the devil and fall short of God’s desired holiness.
- For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever… An acknowledgment that God is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent. He is, was, and will always be. He is the I AM THAT I AM, the Alpha and Omega.
- Amen… So be it or let it be.
If we were to follow this prayer on a daily basis, not make it some ritualistic recitation we would live above the fray of the storms of life and walk in such a relationship with our Heavenly Father that Peace would rule our hearts in all things and at all times. I suggest that you consider, meditate, muse on, and examine this prayer and see if the Holy Spirit might just want to make it the foundational guide of your daily life. I can promise you if He does, you will never be the same and those around you will assuredly take notice not of your great wisdom, talent, or knowledge but “that you have been with Jesus.”
May God bless you as you enjoy your weekend in His presence!