It took a long time before I learnt that the prayers made in the bible can be applied to my own life such as the prayers found in Ephesians Chapter 1,2 and 3. However, the one which I turn to the most has got to be the Lord’s prayer found in the gospels.
The Lord’s prayer is something which I was taught from an early age in Sunday school, it is something that anyone who has grown up in a Christian background is taught to learn off by heart because it is the prayer that Jesus taught us. That alone makes it stand-out amongst the rest, but not everyone fully understands why Jesus taught us to pray in this manner, and even I am included in this.
However, this prayer is so amazing as it reaffirm the Lord as Holy; set apart from all other things in this world and beyond, giving reverence and honour to the one who created us. One of the main reasons why people struggle to enter into the inner courts of the Lord’s tabernacle is the lack of reverence of who God is. It is true that as children of God we can freely enter into the Lord’s house but if the first thing we say upon entering into the house is not even a ‘hi’ but an ‘I want this and I want that’ or ‘God do this and God do that’, we then forget that God is not a servant but a Father and as such deserves respect as a Father. So within the first line of the prayer, we are acknowledging who he is and therefore, our succeeding words are humbled and thankful with this new found knowledge.
My favourite line in the entire prayer is from (verse 10):
The reason why I like this the most is that this is God’s objective to sync Earth and Heaven so that both realms will operate under the influence of God’s presence. At present, the things of this Earth ‘serve as a copy and shadow of the heavenly things'(Hebrew 8:5), and our understanding of heaven is only in parts but God’s plan is that soon we shall know in full ( 1 Corinthians 13:9-12) the happenings of heaven and whatever manifests in heaven will too manifest on Earth. No matter what denomination or Christian background or pseudo-Christian background one may come from, we all pray for God’s presence (heaven) to be manifested (made real) on this Earth. That has been one of my greatest prayers not just for my own personal life but for all creatures to operate in the heavenly realms and be in tune with the happenings of heaven.
This prayer is so cool not only does it speak of the literal needs and desires of the human body such as food to give sustenance each and every day, but of spiritual health. Just as the mortal body needs food to survive so does the spiritual body need food from heaven to survive, this daily bread is the new mercy we are given, it is the glory that surrounds us each and every morning. This provision of mercy each and every day is a reminder of how much God is willing to overlook our faults just to be with us and as such it is important for us to imitate this same love with others and overlook their transgressions. Without sharing the same love God has shown to us it is difficult to access His chambers.
More than anything else, I love this prayer because when words fail me and I don’t know where to begin when kneeling down to pray, I begin with the Lord’s prayer and the Holy Spirit continues on my behalf.
Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever . AmenMatthew 6:9-13