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, forever. Amen. Matthew 6: 9-13
Why can’t we pray this prayer in reverence and Truth today? Because our culture and our society don’t believe that God is Who the Bible says He is! People pray this prayer as if it is magic. It is a “model prayer”. It is the way we should pray all of the time. Not word for word but the form of our prayer. Yet, it is used in church and in many other places as THE prayer to pray but Jesus was teaching His disciples HOW to pray.
We are to give honor and glory to God first and foremost. Praying that God’s purposes will be done on Earth and that His Kingdom will come to Earth one day. God does provide for us every day but we should acknowledge it in prayer. He also offers forgiveness to us every minute of every day through the atonement of the blood of Jesus. We should acknowledge that God doesn’t lead us into temptation but He will give us the ability to resist it if we belong to Him. We should also recognize that the Kingdom is God’s and He has all of the power to accomplish His purposes regardless of our input and the glory belongs to Him alone forever. Amen
Living in this world today as a follower of Jesus is not easy at all. That is why we have to take this prayer into our hearts as a “model” of how we should pray every day. Live your life as if it is the last day that you have. Tell others about your Savior and what He has done for you because everything that you have comes from Him. Your job, your family, your home, your car or truck was given to you by Him because He gave you the talent and the ability to be able to afford them and take care of the responsibility of having them.
God loves you and me and all of mankind but He isn’t very happy with the way we have used and abused the world that He gave us to be the stewards of. He isn’t happy about the way that we treat each other either. So, one day soon He is going to come back and take His followers home and then He is going to teach the whole world exactly Who He is. I pray that you will learn that lesson before that happens.
For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, And mightest overcome when thou art judged. Romans 3:3-4 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/rom.3.3-4.KJV
Have you ever wondered about the truth of God’s Word? It seems that many people today are doubting that it is true, especially anything that has to do with Jesus or salvation. My point is that God’s Word is true from the beginning to the very end, yet people are still trying to disprove it by denying that parts of it are true. If any part of it was shown to be false then none of it is true but in over two thousand years not one part of it has been proven to be false. In fact, archaeology has proven the exact opposite. The places and people mentioned in Scripture are real and their existence has been proven by historians outside the Bible and the events and places have been found by researchers.
The truth of God’s Word cannot be denied and soon the whole world will see that, but many will still not believe it. Jesus came to fulfill the prophecies of the Old Testament prophets and He did fulfill them all, but that wasn’t the only reason for His coming. He came to bring the possibility of salvation to a world that is still rejecting Him and His Father.
The times that we are living in are not easy with everything that is going on every day. God is still in control whether you believe it or not and He moves things and people as He wishes. His will and purposes will be done and everyone will see Him one day. Seek Him for your salvation soon if you do not know Him yet. I pray that you will come to know Him as I do.
Many of us would ask, “Why should I?”. Life is hard, we are having problems every day. Health problems, financial problems, relationship problems, national and international problems…all of these are happening every day, everywhere, so why should we praise God? Because God is still in control and He gives us the strength and the ability to get through all of these days.
God never promised that we would not have problems but He did promise that He would be with us going through every problem whatever they might be. All of us have had sad days and depressing days, but God is beside us as we walk with Him. If you are an unbeliever, just ask Him to come into your life and help you with the problems that you have. He won’t take the problems away but He will give you the strength and the ability to get through them.
The Bible says that “God inhabits the praise of His people“. When we praise God in prayer or in worship or song, He is very attentive to every word that we are saying. God loves you and cares for you far more than you can imagine. Giving your life and your heart to Jesus will not take the troubles away but it will give you the strength of Jesus and His Holy Spirit to get through whatever comes against you!
Christians don’t get a pass on trouble. Jesus told His disciples that they would have trouble in this world but He said, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world“. Give your heart to Jesus and ask Him to give you the strength for today and then ask the same for tomorrow. Walk with Him every day and the troubles that come won’t be so troublesome. He will get you through each day when you depend on Him.
This question needs to be answered in your life if you don’t know Him as your Savior. Why? Because, if you don’t know Him as your Savior, then one day you will meet Him as your judge and that will not be an enjoyable meeting. Just as criminals today don’t like to go before a judge, we who are sinners don’t want to stand before the Judge of All. We know what we have done in our lives and we know what we are doing today and we don’t want to be held responsible for those sins. Because they will separate us from God forever!
The Bible says that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God“; there are no saints in the world today only sinners saved by the grace of God through Jesus the Christ! Your life and mine are no different regarding sin because you are either forgiven through belief in Jesus as your Lord and Savior or guilty of even the smallest of sins, like stealing a paper clip. While it is true that stealing a paper clip from the office won’t likely get you fired or in jail, it is still theft in God’s sight. I know it doesn’t sound like much but even the slightest sin is still a sin.
God knows your heart whether you’ve ever given Him a second thought or not. He knows where you were last Friday night and who you were with. He knows exactly what you were thinking and what you said. God knows every person on the planet in this way, there is no place that you can hide from Him. But people try to do it anyway. Like it or not, God knows about every word and thought that you have ever had and every one of them will be used as evidence against you unless you ask Jesus to come into your life and your heart and change you from the inside out.
Once that happens, all of those words and thoughts and everything else are covered by His blood and blotted out. That doesn’t mean that once you have a clean slate you can start over. It means that you should tell others about your Savior and tell them about His provision of forgiveness that is extended to them as well if they will believe in Him too.
God does not want anyone to go to hell but by rejecting the offer of grace through faith in Jesus’ atonement for your sins you are in league with the demons and Satan himself. So even if you choose not to believe in Jesus as your Savior, then by default you are choosing to be in the same place as Satan. While some people seem to think that being in hell will be like an eternal party, that is not the way the Bible describes it. The rich man said that he was in torment and he longed for only one drop of water because of the fire. There is no joy in hell only suffering and it goes on forever because your immortal soul is imprisoned there away from God.