The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy 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 lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, amen.

Matthew 6: 9-13

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Lord’s Prayer.

What does it mean?  It’s kind of confusing, right?!  Language we don’t use, and things we don’t really think about.  When was the last time you only had enough food for today and didn’t know where your food for tomorrow was coming from?  Most of us are pretty blessed and have a cupboard or frig with at least enough food for the next couple of days.

Debts.  Debtors.  Sin, trespasses.  Whatever your word choice it’s not current any way you look at it.

Let’s break it down.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

-We are talking to our Heavenly Father who hangs out in heaven.  He has a divine will and it is done in heaven, we would also like Him to reign in our lives and follow His will with our daily choices.

Give us this day, our daily bread

– We are asking God to provide for our daily needs.

and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors

-Our Lord forgives us; erases our mess ups and forgets they ever happened, just like we are supposed to do for others.  His forgiveness is part of the grace and love and mercy and sacrifice He offers us in His unconditional love.  He knows we can’t give this perfect love to Him or anyone else, but He does want us to strive for it.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

-We are asking God to help us make good choices and when we make bad choices to help us get out of the mess we have made.

for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, amen.

– A praise to God, we acknowledge that God is King over all creation and He wins.  Someday we will be in heaven with Him forever and ever where we will live in peace and love and joy for eternity.  Woohoo!!

 

Now the only job is to get our kids to memorize it tomorrow!

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  1. Pingback: Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread (Matthew 6:11) « bummyla

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