Pray Like Jesus. The Lord’s Prayer
In Part III of the Lord’s Prayer, we break down the last three petitions 5-7 of this amazing gift and blueprint that Jesus left for us. I love the fact that Jesus left behind instructions on how to pray and that He thought it was important to tell us exactly what to say.
Were you able to pick up on the fact that the introduction and petitions 1-3 are all about God? Petitions 4-7 are all about us.
Fifth Petition. FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES, AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US
In this petition, we pray that God would forgive us of all our sins as we forgive others who have sinned/offended us. If we want to be forgiven we must be willing to forgive.
What this really tells us it that forgiveness releases forgiveness. You don’t need someone’s “acceptance” of your apology to be forgiven. You just have to extend forgiveness.
Mark 11: 25 tell us that “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES, AS WE FORGIVE THO– USE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US.
Sixth Petition. LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION
The sixth petition is a request to God to remove us from temptation and the dangers of sin and to give us the grace sufficient to resist them as well. We must watch and pray that we do not fall into temptation and we should never deliberately expose ourselves to temptation either.
James 1:12, tells us that…”Blessed is the man that endures temptation; for when he bath been proved he shall receive the crown of life, which God promised to them that love him.” LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION
Seventh Petition. BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL
In the final petition, we ask God to deliver us from all evil (past, present an future). That He would protect our soul and body, property and reputation, our hearts and minds. That in the end, God will rescue us and give us a blessed end.
Victory over evil was won the moment Jesus freely gave himself up to death so that He could give us life. Although, the earth is still in battle the war and victory has already been won. BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL
FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM, THE POWER, AND GLORY, FOREVER. AMEN.
Early manuscripts of the Gospel of Matthew do not contain this phrase, but it is found in the King James Bible. Known as the final doxology, it takes up the first three petitions to our Father.
What is the final “doxology”? It is s formula of praise to God.
By the final “Amen,” which means “So be it,” we ratify everything that Jesus taught us in the prayer. FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM, THE POWER AND GLORY, FOREVER. AMEN,
We should say the Lord’s Prayer every day. Each and every day we need God’s help to make it. We cannot do it alone.
Whenever we say the Lord’s Prayer we should always say it with reverential attention, because we received it from Jesus, Our Lord and Savior.
May Your Steps Fulfill Their Purpose.