The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is
the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to
eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear:
though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may
in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of
the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.
And it came to pass that, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, one of His disciples said unto Him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And He (Jesus) said unto them,”
Most of us have prayed this wonderful prayer Jesus taught us most of our lives. We've prayed this at funerals during a time of grief, at weddings during a time of great joy and hope for the future, at the communion table during a time for repentence and reconcilation, remembering the sacrifice Jesus made for us, in moments of great fear, seeking comfort and security from the Lord, during our personal prayer time, and many other times to numerous to list.
But do you realize that this prayer is made up of only six sentences, and that each sentence, in and of itself, is a prayer?
I believe that if we begin to pray this prayer, sentence by sentence, God will show us great and mighty things concerning His Person, and His great Love He has for the entire human race, for which Jesus suffered, bled, and died on the cross to redeem us back to the Father.
I believe that Jesus, in His eternal Wisdom, Knowledgs, and Understanding, was actually teaching us an even a greater prayer then we could have ever imagined, and unable to fully understand on our own.
First sentence has three parts to it; When ye pray, say Our Father, who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name.
"Our Father" is the One who inhabiteth Eternity, who's name is Holy: “Our Father” is He who has created the Heaven and the earth. "Our Father" is He who gave us life from Himself and becoming a living and eternal soul. "Our Father" is He who's Love is eternal, His Judgments are Righteous, and His Mercy is from everlasting. Just the mention of His Name keeps the universe in perfect order and in complete harmony. Just the mention of His Name proclaims His Worthiness and pure Holiness. And at the mention of His Name every knee shall bow in all of creation.
"who art in Heaven" is a place where Truth and Justice Reigns, in immutable Glory and Holiness, where pure and ultimate fellowship with God Himself exists. “I dwell in the High and Holy places”, He is the Holiest of all that is holy, the pureness of all Deity, the Righteousness of all that is righteous, the Truest of all that is Truth, in Word, Power, and Authority, and by Faith Heaven is the spiritual place of everlasting life communing with God, where the fullness of Joy is paramount. Heaven doesn't make God Holy, but rather, God's very existence makes the place of His presents Holy. Is His presents in your heart and home today?
Hallowed be thy Name. ”His Name shall endure forever;...” (Psalms 72: 17)
Hallowed means that His Name is Sacred, Revere, Venerated (which means to regard with reverential respect), to Worship and Adore
“I Am the Lord, that is My Name; and My Glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images” (Isaiah 42:8)
“For thus saith the High and Lofty One who inhabiteh eternity, whose Name is Holy; I dwell in the High and Holy places, with him also who is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” (Isaiah 57:15). Contrite= Repentant
“From the rising of the sun even unto going down of the same, My Name SHALL be great among the Nations, and in every place incense shall be offered unto My Name, and a pure offering; for My Name SHALL be great among the nations, saith the Lord of Host” (Malachi 1:11).
Wherefore, God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name, That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth, And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of God, the Father (Philippians 2: 9-11)
Neither is there salvation in another; for there is no other Name, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
Thy Kingdom come. A Kingdom is actually the “King's Domain”. The Father, who is great in Knowledge, Wisdom and Understanding, has complete and absolute ownership over His domain, with indisputable Power, and immutable Authority over His territory or dominion.
We need to try and understand the full picture of the Greatness of God's Power and Authority displayed in the vision given to John in the isle of Patmos.
In his vision we see fully God's Kingdom, taking the form of the “New Jerusalem” coming down from the New Heaven after the previous heaven and earth passes away. “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35).
“And I saw a New Heaven and a New Earth; for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away, and there was no more sea. And I, John, saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of Heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Revelation 21: 1-2).
“And there came unto me one of the seven angels who had the seven vials full of the seven last plaques, and talked with me, saying, Come here, I will show thee the bride, the lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the Holy Jerusalem, decending out from God. Having the Glory of God;...” (Revelation 21”9-11).
The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they who dwell therein (Psalms 24:1).
For every beast of the field is Mine, and the cattle upon a thoushand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains; and the wild beast of the field are Mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee; for the world is Mine, and all the fullness thereof (Psalms 50:10-12).
Thy Will be done, in earth, as it is in Heaven. In the beginning, when God created the earth, He made the fowls in the air, the fish in the sea, a garden called Eden, and placed in the garden every fruit bearing plant and tree, and all vegetation, and cattle of every kind to graze on the earth. Then God created man and woman, in a perfect environment, for perfect and complete fellowship with their Creator. It was an extention of Heaven, in that, the Will of God was done in earth, as it was in Heaven. God walked with man, and talked with man, and fellowshiped with man. And because God is Holy, His creation was holy as well because we were made in His image; “without sin”.
We all know what happened when the serpent deceived Adam and Eve and they chose to disobey God. Sin and rebellion entered the garden and it has never been the same since, in that, man was removed from the presents of a Holy God.
The Garden of Eden is still there, by the way; Pure and Holy, just as God created it. Except now the entrance is protected and guarded by an angel with a flaming sword in his hand.
“So He drove out the man; and He placed at the East of the Garden of Eden a Cher'ubim, and a flaming sword which turneth every way, to keep (guard) the way of the tree of life” (Genesis 3:24).
Now the day will come, as the scriptures tells us, when the devil, A.K.A Satan, will be arrested and taken into custody by the authority of God, chained and cast into the bottomless pit for a thousand years. During such time Satan will no longer be able to deceive the nations any more. And with the devil, and all his demons, no longer amoung us, we will have the same fellowship with the Lord as did Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. We will walk with Him, and talk with Him, and we will have fellowship, through worship, with Jesus Christ, our Savior and King, before His throne. “Thy Will be done, in earth, as it is in Heaven”.
“And I saw an angel come down from Heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottonless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled; and after that he must be loosed a little season” (Revelation 20:1-3).
Do you know Jesus Christ today as Savior and Lord? Have you committed your life fully to Him? If your not sure, then you can be certain your going to Heaven before the end of this message. Do it now. These things will happen.
“Look unto Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I Am God, and there is none else” (Isaiah 45:22).
Give us day by day our daily bread God has provided victuals for man ever since the beginning of time. But over time we've become unthankful for God's provisions and began to demand entitlement and became less appreciative.
And the children of Isreal did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the boders of the land of Ca'naan.(Exodus 16:35)
In Matthew 14:15-21; Jesus feed 5,000 men, (besided women and children), and took up twelve baskets of remaining fragments.
In Matthew 15:32-38; Jesus feeds another 4,000, (plus women and children) and took up seven baskets of the broken meat.
And God continues to bless, and provide, for His creation. God even fed the enemies of His people.
“Therefore, if thine enemy hungers, feed him; if he thurst, give him drink; for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head” (Romans 13:20).
Pray and thank the Lord for His provisions. Be the one who thanks Him for His Blessings. The Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive everyone that is indebted to us. Forgiveness means==To give up resentment of; Pardon, Obsolve;
“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Heavenly Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:14,15).
For God so Loved the world that He gave us Jesus to suffer and die for our sins. God's Love is Powerful, and Greater then any sin that kept us from reconciliation, and fellowship with Him.
“But God commandeth His Love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
I think that forgiveness is in the very act of you Loving God. And because God IS Love, we must love Him unconditionally. I also think that forgiveness is the greatest act of Love a person can bestow on another human being.We are commanded by God to Love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strenght. And to Love our neighbor as ourself.
And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil; Temptation here means that we will be tempted by the devil at some point in our journey with Christ. And we are asking the Lord that by His strength, we will be like Him through it all.
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations, Knowing this, that the trying (testing) of your faith worketh patience”. (James 1:2,3,).
Everyone will go through trials in life, even faithful believers. What the devil means to hurt and destroy you, God means to teach and strengthen you to victory.
“Blesses is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that Love Him. Let no man say, when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man. But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed” (James 1: 12-14).
We know that temptation is a tool that Satan has used to deceive the people of God. I also think that the Holy Spirit will try to convict us of temptation, to “warn” us , if you will, that what tempts us isn't always profitable, advantages, or beneficial in our walk with God. Not that God would ever abandon us, but that our fellowship is broken when we take our eyes off of Him.
I think that temptation begins with the eye's. Like a married man or woman, secretly looking at another with lust. We know better then to think this way. But then we begin to imagin having them. And just that quickly temptation is conceived. The more you imagine the greater the temptation.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but might through God to the pulling down of strongholds),Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2Corinthians 10:3-5).
Temptation has caused many of mankind to fall victim to it's painful consequence. Consider Adam and Eve for a moment. “And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the Garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die; For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes will be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto the husband with her; and he did eat” (Genesis 3: 2-6).
Consider King David and Bath-sheba. “And it came to pass at eventide, that David arose from his bed, and walked upon the roof of the King's house. And from the roof he saw a woman washing herself, and the woman was very beautiful to look upon”
(Read 2Samuel 11:2 to finish the story).
What if they would have said no? Remember, though God gave them the freedom to choose, up to that point they never experienced a lie (deception) to have to choose the Truth.
But since that day, we all know the difference between right from wrong, and it's called a conscience. The Holy Spirit uses our conscience to “warn us” of the consequences, or recompence, for surrendering to our temptation.
“And lead us not into temptation”; but deliver us from evil”; What we are actually asking God is to open our eyes to the deception and temptation from the devil, and to deliver us from the evil that is meant to destroy us.
And because we are human and weak; Because we can sometimes be deceived; And because we are not above being tempted, we are asking God to take control of every part of our lives and teach us what is good.
You will never understand how; “Greater is He that is in you...”, until you are tempted by “”he that is in the world”. You will never know how strong your armor is until you trust God in battle.
Think about it for a moment. We all must go through the “trying of faith” in order for us to learn patience, and our confidence in the Truth. And if God is trying your faith, then that means that He is preparing to take you to the next level of your journey. Every mountain you climb will seem to be greater then the previous one. But God desires your faith to become stronger. God will always be victorious because it is impossible for God to lose. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He Is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
“In this ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations, That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ” (1Peter 1:6,7),
“Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the ends of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the Rock that is higher than I ” (Psalms 61:1,2).
(1)Our Father, who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name.
(2)Thy Kingdom come.
(3)Thy Will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
(4)Give us day by day our daily bread.
(5)And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive everyone that is indebted to us.
(6)And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil (Luke 11: 1-4).
Lord, Teach Us To Pray