Daily Devotional, 7th day of Lent. Many people do not fully understand the importance of the Lord’s Prayer. Yet, it is a gift directly from God in the literal sense.
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
This, then, is how you should 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 today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one. (Matthew 6:7-13)
Prayer from the Lips of Jesus
Directly from Jesus Christ Himself, we have received a model prayer, a fully working prototype of prayer, where the form and content of the prayer are specified. It is up to us to use this prayer model and develop our personal prayer according to it. The Lord’s Prayer – the prayer Jesus taught us.
Three Petitions to Heaven
The first three petitions go upwards, beyond the human world. They express man’s natural desire to be reunited with God, to live in His Kingdom, and to make his will obedient to God’s will.
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These three requests are familiar to us:
- Hallowed be your name.
- Your Kingdom come.
- Your will be done.
The middle petition, “Thy Kingdom come,” expresses the supreme confidence in God that the heavenly Father will give a man everything he needs for his earthly existence. In God’s Kingdom, man will lack nothing.
Three Requests for Daily Existence
The following three petitions draw God’s attention to man’s daily existence and the sin and evil that surrounds man daily. They ask the Lord to forgive iniquity, give protection in temptation, and finally help in the fight against Satan himself and his influence in the world.
- Give us today our daily bread.
- Forgive us our debts.
- Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
The Importance of the Lord’s Prayer
This prayer covers heaven, the world, and hell. It includes all the elements of our salvation. Also, it carries human existence confidently into the arms of the Heavenly Father. And it will always be relevant, never go out of fashion, and always be superior in significance to all the most beautiful man-made prayers.
This prayer lays bare the reality that man stands between God’s light and evil’s darkness and can only be saved by the Heavenly Father.
Prayer for Today
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray. He has told us which things are most important in prayer.
That is why, in personal and communal prayer, I always want to keep in mind that you are the beginning and the end of everything. You are the Creator of all that exists, and we depend on You. Amen.