THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Jack & John were two very competitive businessmen. One day they were playing golf,
and were talking about things as they played.
The subject of the Bible came up.
Jack, "I've read the Bible."
Jim, "I'll bet you haven't."
Jack, "Sure I have."
Jim, "Well, I'll bet you don't know the simplest part."
Jack, "Sure I do."
Jim, "OK. Recite the Lord's Prayer."
Jack, "OK. 'Now I lay me down to sleep....'"
Jim, "WOW! I didn't know you knew so much about the Bible."
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.
Actually, our text today is not the "Lord's Prayer."
It is God teaching the disciples to pray.
Therefore, it should be called the "Disciple's Prayer."
This prayer was taught by our Lord in response to the disciple's request (see Luke 11:1-2).
The prayer was not given for rote recitation; it was given for specific instruction.
There are actually 8 instructions which apply to prayer.
Acceptance "Our Father," recognizes relationship.
We were and are all "prodigal sons" adrift in sin. We actually cannot have genuine prayer until we recognize God as "Father" of all that we are and surrender to His Lordship in our lives.
He has divine authority over our lives.
Adoration "Which art in heaven," recognizes God's supreme authority and holiness.
He is the Creator of all that is, in Whom there "is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." (James 1:17)
He is far above and beyond all we can be.
Awesome Reverence "Hallowed be Thy Name," reflects that God's holiness extends even to our usage of His Name.
We do not use the Name of God lightly, nor in excited swearing.
"Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain;
for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain." (Ex 20:7)
Acceptance of Mission "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done," reflects our surrender to God's purposes in our lives.
We desire to see His Kingdom come to all men, and will be responsible ambassadors for Him to others.
His will is our command.
Acknowledgment of Dependency "Give us this day our daily bread,"
expresses the realization that without Christ we can do nothing and all our needs are met through our personal relationship with Him.
He beats our hearts, He gives us breath. We are totally dependent upon Him for our existence.
Acceptance of Position "Forgive us our debts (sins - trespasses)," reflects that we acknowledge we are continual sinners
and in need of continual forgiveness.
In a confession of sinfulness, we are pleading for continued mercy.
Asking for Guidance "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil..."
Were it not for God's guidance, we would always be in "evil."
We need His direction daily.
And we need His preserving power to keep us from being swallowed up by our own sin.
Ascribing Praise "For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever..."
In the sense of all God has done and is doing, the disciple bursts forth in exalting Him in praise!
His love mercy and grace have brought us into sweet communion with Him in personal relationship.
And we offer our praise to Him, acknowledging His power to perform His perfect will in our lives and throughout eternity.
Our prayer, as disciples, ends with agreement - “AMEN!” (meaning it is truth)