“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is 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 also have forgiven our debtors. ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’] (Matthew 6:9-13)
So, this was the topic of my three conversations with the Lord yesterday. Aspects of this. I just went for another walk around the block and felt that the Lord wanted me to share on this. To break down what I’ve seen so far. Here goes.
Our; this is an all-encompassing prayer. The Lord wants us to pray, Our. So, I’m not praying for me when I pray this prayer. I’m not praying for a special group of my friends who know the Lord when I pray this prayer. I’m praying for all God’s Children everywhere on earth, under the earth and in the heavens (which I interpret to mean in space or in aeroplanes or paragliders or what-have-you. Basically, all God’s Children, humanity (men, women, boys & girls), anywhere in the Lord’s created universe.
Father; when I think of this word I think of the word Provider. The previous verse seems to indicate this to us. I also get the sense of Willing Provider. Just waiting to Give what we need (smiling). Yes, I get that sense.
“So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. (Matthew 6:8)
Hallowed; respected, reverenced, held in awe, admired, looked up to (as He is in Heaven, seated in the place of Highest Authority, dwelling in Unapproachable Light), surrendered to, worshipped, prostrated to, held in the highest honour (in silence before), be Your Name.
Your Kingdom Come; in our hearts. The Father Living through us, Jesus Living through us & the Holy Spirit Living through us. Us allowing Them (Father, Son & Holy Spirit) to live through our new hearts.
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; (John 14:16)
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. (John 14:23)
Your Will be Done, On earth as it is in Heaven; we know that the enemy is still ‘showing up’ in heaven (or was in Job’s time and still is up until whenever Revelation 12:10 occurs from that scripture in Revelation) but this doesn’t appear to affect the Lord’s mojo (His Unique Way of Operating, His Energy Level or Enthusiasm, His ‘Vibe’) or put Him off His grove (the Way He Rolls) so to speak. So, my feeling on this is that even in the midst of persecution, should this be our lot, we can still know the Peace of Heaven on earth, even in the midst of our difficulties. Nodding. And I believe ultimately, and yes, I’m putting this event even above the 1000 years where Jesus reigns on earth and we reign with Him, that the Lord’s Will will be done on earth as it is in Heaven, when all of us, at a moment in time, Worship Him together on earth, as redeemed Citizens of Heaven from the earth, connecting earth to Heaven with the Praise of the Angels in Heaven and in some amazing moment, this moment, when every knee bows and every tongue confesses that Jesus Christ (Yeshua Hamashiach) is Lord to the Glory of God the Father, releases the future Coming Again of King Jesus to Reign on the earth for 1000 years.
Give us this day our daily bread; now we come to the crux of what the Lord was speaking to me about. The above is the necessary foundation. Everything is for the Honour or Reverence of His Name. Everything is to further His Kingdom in our hearts. Everything is for the ultimate purpose of His Will being done on earth. Of Jesus being the Saviour of the World. Literally. At a moment in time. And then the final destruction of evil and ushering in of the New Heaven and New Earth in which righteousness dwells.
and they were saying to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.” (John 4:42)
“Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; For I am God, and there is no other. “I have sworn by Myself, The word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness And will not turn back, That to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance. “They will say of Me, ‘Only in the LORD are righteousness and strength.’ Men will come to Him, And all who were angry at Him will be put to shame. “In the LORD all the offspring of Israel Will be justified and will glory.” (Isaiah 45:22-25)
Give us this day our daily bread; so, as I head along life’s pathway (in line with what I’ve shared above), in-step with the Lord, He is asking me, to request of Him daily bread for everyone (all my brothers and sisters) who know Him, all over the world and to put myself last in this provision so that I’m asking for Him to provide everything my brothers and sisters need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3) before He provides for me.
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility consider one another as more important than yourselves; (Philippians 2:3)
He laid this out for me on my walk around the block this afternoon. I surrendered to it. There was resistance. He overcame it. The selfishness was deep. When I prayed it I started to get the Joy. Then He said, “You’ve got this.” or “I’ve granted this.” I can’t remember which, or something like that anyway. That’s a beachhead. A beginning.
Then I saw, that this is the way He wants each of us to pray. So, I pray this way, putting all my brothers and sisters provision before my own and each one of my brothers and sisters (as led into this by the Holy Spirit in His Time) will begin to pray likewise putting themselves last in this provision of everything we need for life and godliness. In this unselfish way we will receive an abundance of provision and will have the Lord’s provision flow back in, in greater and greater waves or currents, a rhythmical pattern or pulse of abundant provision.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors; in the same way, I felt the Lord was wanting me to be the last to be forgiven of my debts and to uphold forgiveness and a lack of bitterness among all of us who know Him on earth. Again, I sense this is the way He will lead all of us in His Time. It’s a very motivating way to pray. It makes it quite personal really. Really got my attention (eyes wide open face).
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil; ouch, same again is what I’m getting now as I type. To pray for the protection of all my brothers and sisters in the Lord before my own. That their needs would be met in this sphere, this spiritual sphere whether outside of them or inside of them, before my needs are met in this same sphere. I surrender to this Lord. Protect my brothers and sisters from temptation and deliver them all from evil whether that evil is within them (even from ‘sin which dwells in them’) or without them. And after they are all protected Lord, protect me also.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9)