[ 9 ] After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
[ 10 ] Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
[ 11 ] Give us this day our daily bread.
[ 12 ] And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
[ 13 ] And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Most Christians know this prayer by heart. We hear it and use it in so many situations. During church services, in christian meetings, at funerals, and even sometimes in our personal prayer life.
Look back in Matthew just two verses before the Lord's Prayer for Jesus' answer:
[ 7 ] But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
So ..... we are not suppose to repeat this prayer, as Jesus said, repeatedly or in " vain repetitions, as the heathen do " with their prayers ? " Jesus gave us this prayer to use as an " outline " ( After this manner ) of how our prayers should be worded " and not to be repeated over, over, over, and over again like a " heathen " would do during their prayers or as some type of " Christian Mantra " ( only heathens use Mantras ) .....
" Sadly " ..... so many of our churches today use the heathen Mantra style of prayer ! Many local churches use the " Lord's Prayer as a mantra " during their daily or weekly services ..... and the Catholic church uses the " Hail Mary " in the same way.
So as a Jesus noted in Matthew 6:9 ( After this manner ) this is the format, if you will, of how our prayers should be formed when praying and not something we should continually repeat. Let's review verse by verse what He said noted here in Matthew on how we should pray " BECAUSE ":
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
We are instructed in this verse by " Our Lord Jesus Christ " to open, or begin, our prayers to " Our Father which art in heaven ". If you are praying to " anyone else " then you are not following what Jesus told us to do ....
In Matthew 6:6 Jesus said ...
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
When we pray " only to the Father " we should also let him know that " Hallowed be thy name ". The word " Hallowed " means " Holy " and we should always let him know that " HE IS " !.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
We are instructed in this verse by " Our Lord Jesus Christ "
to pray daily " basically " for what we call:
" The End Times ", i.e " Thy kingdom come. " !
And why would we want that to happen ? The second part of this verse explains it all to us: " Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. ". We want this because now God's will is indeed always done in Heaven ..... " but not always on earth " .....
We all know the story of Adam and Eve ..... God created them and gave them ( i.e., all of mankind ) the reign over the earth. However satan tempted Eve who inturn tempted Adam to do " the one and only thing that God the Father told them not to do " ..... and at that point ( once man disobeyed God ) the reign over the earth was transferred over to " satan ". And how do we know this ? Remember this from the Bible:
Our Lord Jesus Christ, when he was in the wilderness, to be tempted by the devil we read this:
[ 8 ] Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
[ 9 ] And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
[ 10 ] Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Notice in the above versus that Jesus " didn't question satan's ownership of what he was shown ..... and He would have if they weren't satans to give ". Jesus' problem was based on who we were to worship and serve: Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
So " Jesus taught us that we are to pray daily for God's kingdom of the earth to return to Him " ( which " will " come with Jesus' return ) ..... and we are to also ask daily that " His will be done on Earth " ( with our personal prayers ).....
Give us this day our daily bread.
Praying to our Father to give us our " daily bread " is more than just about food ..... it is also about all those things that we " truly need " ..... food, clothing, shelter, etc. Also at this point should be thankful to God for everything you already have !
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
We are instructed in this verse by " Our Lord Jesus Christ " to ask for God's forgiveness for our debts, our trespasses, our sin. And we in turn are to forgive our debtors ( those that have sinned against us currently and in the past ).
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
First off .... the first part of this verse has been misunderstood by many. When Jesus said " And lead us not into temptation " He didn't mean that God the Father " purposely " leads us into temptations. What He meant was to ask God the Father " to guide our paths in life so that we are not led into temptations that could cause us personally to sin ! " and thereby He will help to " deliver us from evil "