Matthew 6:8-14 NKJV – The Lord’s Prayer

“Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.  In this manner, therefore, pray:

“Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come.  Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.   And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.  For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.  For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”

The Lord’s Prayer.  A prayer that Jesus taught to His disciples.  A prayer that spans history from Jesus to our present time continuing to be relevant and foundational.

“Our Father in heaven” – We need to always acknowledge first and foremost who we are talking to.  He (God) is our heavenly Father.  The God who created all things in this universe, including ourselves.  We must reverently address God with honor and respect.

“Hallowed be your name” – We must see God as being Holy.  Worthy of honor and praise.  That God’s Name would be Holy in us.

“Your kingdom come” – We acknowledge His coming kingdom and we pray that Christ will soon return and establish His earthly kingdom where we will reign with Him for eternity.

“Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” – We need God’s Will to be established in our lives so that all we say and do would bring glory to Him as God is glorified in heaven.  It’s His Will not ours.

“Give us today our daily bread” – God promises in His Word that He will provide all of our needs according to His riches in glory.  Each day we should thank God for providing all that we need, believing in faith that He knows.

“Forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors” – This speaks about forgiveness, both was we petition God for our sin, but also our forgiveness of others.   “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” (Matt 6:14)

“Lead us not into temptation” – We need to ask God to help us recognize every evil thing, every evil thought, every temptation set before us, those sins that beset us and “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Cor 10:5)

“But deliver us from the evil one” – Help us, God, to steer clear of the liar and deceiver, the evil one.  Help us to see clearly the path you have ordered for us through the mighty power of the Holy Spirit.

“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever” – We end our prayers with more praise and honor for our Almighty Father acknowledging again His reign and rule over all things for eternity.

Great and Glorious God.  Thank You for Your everlasting love and for teaching us how to pray.  Our desire dear Lord is to honor You in all ways including in our prayer.  Believing God that one day You will return to us and bring Your Heaven to Earth.  Where You will live and reign for all eternity.  Thank You God for Your Son, Jesus, who gave His life so that in receiving Him we have forgiveness of our sin and the power to forgive though His shed blood and Your Holy Spirit.  And thank You for Your faithful protection over us from the evil and schemes of this world.  May we never forget to offer our praise and honor to You Oh, Lord. For You are worthy.  In the mighty name of Jesus.  AMEN.

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