A NEW LOOK AT THE LORDS PRAYER
In prepping a message on Matthew 6, I looked hard at the prayer and wanted to take it apart so that I could put it back together so I could understand it better. Here is what I came up with and I hope that it will help your prayer life the way it has helped mine.
Growing up Catholic, I mostly mumbled this prayer with many others who knew nothing of its significance at best or at worst were apathetic and simply thought that repeating this 12 time for whatever offense pleased God.
MATTHEW 6 the DISCIPLES PRAYER
This first section, verses 9-10, Acknowledge God. When looking at these passages, we see that they contain three aspects for us to look at. I will use words that begin with the letter “P” to describe each section.
9- Papa – Father / Daddy
- We are not talking to a distant uncaring force like in Star Wars, rather a deeply personal and intimate God who has done everything for us even death on a cross to demonstrate his love for us, his children.
15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”
Romans 8:15 (NLT)
9- Praise – Holy / Praise
- God is worthy of our Praise!!! He is worthy or worship. He is just and Holy. We would be foolish to ever forget that Jesus is just our buddy. Remember who we are speaking to, the Creator God of the all things!
6 Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder: “Praise the LORD! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Revelation 19:6 (NLT)
10- Priorities – Kingdom / Yield
- You can’t say your Kingdom come till you say my Kingdom go! Two people simply cannot sit on one throne! We need to yield our will and our lives to God. Not just the parts of our lives that we aren’t concerned about, or the parts that are easy to give up, or those that are convenient, but all aspects of our lives.
33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33 (NLT)
This second section, verses 11-13, Acknowledge our NEED for God. When looking at these passages, we see that they contain three aspects for us to look at just like in the first section. I will use words that begin with the letter “P” to describe each section.
11- Provision – Food / Ask
- Hopes, doubts, needs, goals, concerns, dreams, God wants us to take them all to him. Here is where we ask God and intercede for the lives or others and ourselves. God is ready to give, we simply need to ask!
7 “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. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead?10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not!
11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. Matthew 7:7-11 (NLT)
12- Pardon – Forgiveness / Repent
- We mess up. Daily. When we stand before God we need to do so with a clean conscience. Not because our Salvation is in question, rather it has to do with relationship. When we ask for God’s mercy and forgiveness, he will give us a clean slate every time!
9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:9 (NLT)
13- Protection – Deliverance / Refuge
- There are so many difficulties and challenges in our lives. As believers, Satan is incapable of affecting our Salvation; however he will do all he can to destroy or faith as well as our effectiveness for Christ. When we pray and stay close to God, He will help us face all the challenges that life will bring us.
13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT)