THE LORD’S PRAYER Reminders in Prayer (1)
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.
Through prayer, we have continual access to God! And Jesus taught:
9 After this manner therefore pray ye:Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Prayer reminds us that we are part of a larger community of Believers. (v 9 “our”)
Prayer is the universal language of Christendom
Prayer should unite believers more than any other action
*Notice the pronouns in the above prayer.
All the first person pronouns in the Lord’s Prayer are plural.
…..Our Father – all believers have the same God, Savior and Lord
…..our daily bread – we have the same physical needs
…..forgive us our debts – we have all broken God’s law
…..our debtors – we have all been offended
…..us not into temptation – we all are susceptible to weakness
deliver us – we are all targets of Satan
Prayer reminds us that we are intimately connected to God. (v 9 “father”)
The relationship is intimate because it requires…
…..the blood of Christ. (Hebrews 10:19)
…..passage through Christ. (Hebrews 10:20)
Prayer reminds us that we are being prepared for our eternal home. (v9 “in heaven”)
God the Father is in Heaven. (Psalm 115:3; Revelation 4:1-3)
God the Son is in Heaven. (Hebrews 12:2)
God is preparing a place for His Children. (John 14:1-3)
God is preparing His Children for Heaven. (Romans 8:29; 1 John 3:2)
Prayer reminds us God must be Reverenced. (v 9 “Hallowed be thy name”)
There is power in His name. (Mark 16:17-18)
There is authority in His name. (Phil 2:10)
*Exodus 20:7 Do not take God’s name in vain!
Pastor Steve Kramm, Troutman Baptist Church, Troutman, NC