The Lord Jesus was asked by his disciples to teach them to pray (see: Matt. 6:9-13 and Luke 11:1-4). The prayer Jesus gave has been a deep, wonderful, personal prayer his people have prayed throughout the centuries.
The Lord’s Prayer is a beautiful and complete prayer, while also providing wonderful guidance as to the God whom we pray to, and what we are invited to pray about.
Over the next weeks at The Lakes, we’ll take each line, noticing its profound richness and truth, and grasp our Heavenly Father’s invitation to be part bringing his universal masterplan about in our lives.
Here is the text of a popular rendetion of the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory
are yours, now and forever. Amen
Talk 5 – Lead Us Not Into Temptation, But Deliver Us From Evil
We are met with temptation all the time. We look around and temptation is often there staring us in the face. Whether it be sexual temptaion, greed, materialism, food, laziness even, it’s everywhere! When we give into these temptations, guilt naturally follows. Today we consider the God who is able to keep us from falling, the God who has acted to deliver us.
Talk 4 – Forgive Us Father, As We Forgive Others
‘Forgiveness’. It does not come easily, but it something we must ask for and also give out. We need forgiveness from God and we need it in our interpersonal relationships. Where do we find the resources to be able to forgive those who have hurt us deeply?
Talk 3 – Give Us Today Our Daily Bread
The request so far are requests for God’s glory and his fame, and his name, and his kingdom. Now the request shifts focus to us asking something of our need. However, what are we asking when we live in a country that has more than just our basic bread needs?
Talk 2 – Your Kingdom Come
God as king of all the earth has given Jesus all power and authority, has given him the kingdom. So what does it mean for us to ask God for His Kingdom to come?
Talk 1 – Our Father, Hallowed be Your Name
When Jesus taught his disciples to pray he taught them what is known as The Lord’s Prayer. This opening to the prayer realigns our whole lives and also our specific desires and requests as we pray.